I still dare to hope

I just watched the Inauguration and I’ll be honest, I have mixed feelings about the next four years.

Before I go on, let me say that I am fully aware that I speak from a place a privilege and a degree of naiveté. I am a middle-class, middle-aged white woman, living in one of the richest counties in the United States. I’ve never been discriminated against; I’ve never been oppressed; I’ve never felt disenfranchised. I’ve been the victim of theft twice but the worst crime I’ve suffered was living through the 80’s and its crimes against fashion.

That doesn’t mean I’m blind, but it does mean I’m self-aware enough to know my passions are going to be different than someone who’s had those experiences.

My sisters and I were texting back and forth while we watched the Inauguration and as we watched former President Obama fly away, I commented that it felt like leaving the kids with a babysitter you don’t totally trust.

Full disclosure, I would have felt the same way if we had just sworn in Hilary.

I’ve lived in the U.S. on and off – mostly on – since I started university in South Carolina back in 1984, but this was the first election I was able to vote in since I became a citizen in 2010. Some of the presidential candidates I have supported won, some of them lost. Either way, once they were sworn in, they were my president.

My friend Debby posted this on her Facebook page and I cannot think of a better way to express my plan for the next four years.

The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know.

Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation.

This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. 

I Timothy 2:1-3

There is a lot of fear right now. As someone who has battled anxiety my whole life, I get fear. I don’t want to brag, but fear is kind of my jam. I work with anxiety the way Monet worked with color and the dad in A Christmas Story worked with profanity.

But living in fear is not living.

That’s why I have learned to live in hope.

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My soul is downcast within me. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this…              Lamentations 3:20- 21

As an American, I can say I am proud to live in one of the greatest countries in the world. As a Canadian, I can say you live in one of the greatest countries in this world. Having lived outside the country, you have no idea how good you have it.

Whether or not we voted for him, we participated in a democratic election and elected a president. There are checks and balances in place so there are limits to what any president can do, and don’t forget, if you’re unhappy with him, you are free to spend the next four years ensuring he isn’t re-elected. If you support him, you can spend the next four years ensuring he gets re-elected.

The thing to remember is that we are free.

I for one will spend the next four years like I spent the last. Praying for my president. Loving people whether they share my worldview or not. Reaching out to people who are hurting, listening to those who feel they have no voice, supporting the broken hearted, loving those who feel unloved.

You don’t have to share my values or worldview to be my friend. My friends are pro-life and pro-choice. They are gay and they are straight. They represent more races, religions, cultures than I could begin to list. I couldn’t care less. If everyone around you agrees with what you think and say, you’re either in a cult or the cult leader. Either way you’re in trouble.

You don’t have to share my values or worldview to be my president.

I will pray for President Trump and I will pray for my country.

 This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. 

 

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