So, I’m not sure if you heard, but there was an election.
It was a very powerful election, a very passionate one, and for many people a very painful and terrifying election. I do not think I have ever been so emotionally invested in an election, in my life.
Some people are tremendously afraid or in pain after the election, some people are scarred, some people are angry, some are confused, and some people don’t understand why so many other people are feeling all those emotions.
I’m not particularly invested in one brand of politics over the other. My personal opinion is that a 2 party system isn’t working for us and both parties are opposite sides of the same coin. I have personally voted republican, democrat and 3rd party since I’ve been old enough to vote. And, while I have only been paying attention to politics for about a decade, I have to say I have never seen anything like this election.
I am not going to get into the semantics of why this election was so emotional and why it was so important, I think there are many articles and blogs out there that do an excellent job of that. I am not going to start to put blame on people. I am not here to criticize or tell you why my opinion is so great or so important. I will say this: I have friends all over the political spectrum from extremely conservative to extremely liberal. I know my friends. I choose my friends wisely. And I know that everyone had their own reasons for voting how they did, I don’t assume to know what those reasons are. And as upset as I am personally by the outcome of this election, I refuse to give into despair or lose hope. I also am determined to give people the space to grieve. I will not chastise someone for what I do not understand.
But the most important thing I will do is continue to be hopeful.
God is bigger than Trump. God is bigger than our Government. God is bigger than bigotry, misogyny, and hate. God is bigger than America. God is bigger than our fear. God is bigger than our despair. God is bigger than our continent. God is bigger than our world.
And people have the power to make our nation a wonderful place. We all have the power to be kind and to love. We all have the power to protect and speak up for the marginalized. We are not powerless. We are so very powerful. Every day we have the power to change the world. Every single one of us.
What will you do today to make the world a better place?