Last night, November 8, I shared these words on my Facebook page.
Friends and family if Mr Trump prevails and it is looking that way as I write this , there will be no time to sit and whine, mourn or cry. We will dust off and march forward as there is a country that needs kindness, people who are broken and hurting on both sides of the divide, people who will need protection and help if the Trump rhetoric is actualized. We will have to protect our planet and stand up to misogyny and racism and xenophobia that infects America. But most of all we will need to summon the well spring of love for all people because it is love that will conquer fear and doubt and despair. Love your neighbor as yourself. Love your God with all your all your heart and soul and being! Love more deeply. Even when it is hard to.
A word to those who put so much effort into this election. If your candidate or proposition lost remember there is always another election. That is the great thing about our democracy. That old adage is true- if first you don’t succeed try try again. But also this: as a person of faith though I am interested in politics I know that I don’t put my faith in politics or politicians. To do so is idol worship. Rather my faith is built on the timeless and eternal values of my spiritual tradition (in my case Judaism ) and my faith in what I call the Divine. Politics is a tool not the end all and be all. So if you are hurting and sad and don’t know what to do. Focus on what matters – justice, love, and humility. Or as the prophet Micah taught: What does God require of you? Only to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God. Who wants to go for a walk? #pickingmyselfupandwalkingforward
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Thank you. Asirei Tikvah. Shalom M
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