In a couple of hours I have to wake my children for the day and tell them that the world changed over night. I have to tell them who our next President is going to be. He’s the type of individual whose values are not personally shared by our family. He is not the kind of person I would want my children to grow up to be. When they hear the outcome of the election, I know they will be afraid.
I wonder, is it I who am afraid? Am I projecting my fears for them, and their future and the ideals of democracy on to them? Is it easier for me to be address their fears than to face my own? – Maybe so.
How do we respond when we feel the earth move beneath us and we find ourselves in uncertain territory? As I thought about my children, sleeping peacefully upstairs, I thought about how the values and ideals that we talk about and believe, have not changed, and are more important now than ever before. These are the values that we need to hold on to. These are the values that we have to see lived out.
We now have to practice more than ever what it is we believe.
Hold to the good
Stand for justice
Love your neighbor
Pray for your enemy
Consider the lilies
Be not afraid
This is what I will tell my children when they wake up in the morning.