Friday, November 11, 2016

Out of the Mouth of Babes

My son has had an uncanny way of keeping me grounded.  When he was a young child, I remember him saying to me during a moment of my own frustration, "Mom, stop, breathe, and think!"  "Stop, breath, and think" was a phrase he'd heard on one of his favorite kids shows, "Blue's Clues."  I have remembered that word of admonition many times through the years.

Now nearly two decades later my first-born has shared the following encouragement on Facebook in the wake of the recent presidential election:  "To everyone, those in favor or opposition of the new president. Have faith. Love. Live your life. Things will be bright again." My son, whose ideas about life have often clashed with my own ideals, couldn't have said more simply, or profoundly, what we all need to remember -- that life is short, love is invaluable, and at the end of the day our faith will help preserve our joy.

Thank you, Chris, for once more teaching your mother that there is indeed a better way.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

We the People

We the People of the United States witnessed a historic presidential election in 2016. An election with results that no one could have predicted, and few expected.

We the People, regardless of how each of us voted individually, elected Donald Trump to be the 45th President of the United States.

We the People, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or economic status, must now unite to make America great again.

Donald Trump alone is not going to make this nation great again.  It is going to take We the People -- one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all -- working together to bring healing and restore our nation to its former glory.

Abraham Lincoln, taking his inspiration from Mark 3:25, said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."  America has no hope of recovering from this brutal election and moving forward into a brighter future if We the People don't lay aside our differences and work together to "Make America Great Again."

If you believe in God and in the power of prayer, it is time to pray in earnest for healing and unity in our great land.

It is time for all Americans -- no matter what we believe -- to be the United States of America.

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