I’ve had a knot in my stomach since Tuesday.
And my neck hurts, too. My shoulder muscle started contracting election morning, pulling my neck into spasm, and has not let up.
My body reacting to the tug-of-war in my spirit.
And so, so disappointed in us.
I thought we were better than this.
And I’m not talking about the results of the election, but our reaction to the results of the election.
On both sides.
Let me be clear.
I have people in my life I dearly love and respect who voted blue.
I have people in my life I dearly love and respect who voted red.
But the aftermath of this election is sickening. Since when do we take to the streets screaming venomous, vile profanity stringing up our president-elect in effigy Ku Klux Klan style? Is this who we are now? An angry hate-spewing mob?
And since when is it permissible to say to our hurting brothers and sisters that they need to “suck it up”, “stop whining”, and “get over it”? When did we forget to show compassion to the devastated and desperate? When did we become so heartless and numb to the very real fears of the slighted and marginalized?
When did we become a nation of bullies? It seems that all the lessons about kindness and tolerance taught in every classroom have been wasted.
My heart is breaking.
But I am not without hope. Never without hope.
Because as a Christian, I believe that the steadfast love of the LORD never ceases. Even when things look dire and hate runs rampant, His mercies never come to an end. They are an ever-present reminder that LOVE is stronger.
So I continue to pray. And I ask you to pray, also.
For our fractured country.
For our future leaders.
For our children who will live in this legacy we are creating.
And remember the words the apostle Paul wrote about love. That love is patient and kind. It’s not rude or arrogant. Love believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
We fail, but God never does.
Have faith, my friends.
The Word of God is alive and active. It was true yesterday and it will be true tomorrow. And it’s very clear on this point.
Love never fails.