After the Election
November 9, 2016, 9:00 AM

Those who know me probably also know that I'm a Democrat. I have tried hard to keep politics out of the pulpit, but I do preach a tolerant message: that God has a preference for the poor, the marginalized, and the outcast. In light of my understanding of the Gospel - the good news of God in Christ, I offer this response for those who are sad, disappointed, or frightened today, and ask any who read it to be charitable...

Searching for the right words, the right prayers, the right response. Not sure anything is quite right, now. I'm disappointed. I'm shocked. I'm afraid - for friends, for the poor, for Americans who are Black, Muslim, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Native, female - that "civil" has become outdated and rare. That "rule of law" may become "what the corporation wants." That my retirement savings will be wiped out in the pending market crash (again). That when morning comes and the light dawns, when the waters rise and the storm clouds gather, when the pipelines break and the land shakes and the earth dies, no one will care anymore...

"Out of the depths we cry to you, O Lord." 
Then I remember, these may well be *our* worst days, but we've faced "worst days" before.

Stand up. Stand up. Stand up. Be the refuge others will need. Preach the Gospel of love beyond measure, of hope beyond fear, of power beyond strength.

Do not fear to love. Do not fear to be beloved. Do not fear the power of any power on earth to harm, for God is stronger still. And the realm of heaven is within us.