In this new file of mine, there's one quote that holds the most complete expression of who I want to be, here and now and going forward.
After a difficult and contentious election characterized by partisan rancor and divisive rhetoric, it is time for all of us to ask forgiveness and be reconciled with one another....
Now is the time to heal the deep divisions laid bare by this bruising political campaign and to tear down the walls, real or imagined, which divide us by gender, race, class, geography, lifestyle, political party and belief [and I realize that some of those walls are huge and deeply entrenched in systems, society, and history]. This moment, these times, require us to engage in deep contemplative prayer and to risk courageous action for the sake of all who call these United States their home.
Now is the time to make space in our hearts and our homes for the needs and concerns of all God’s people....
We recommit ourselves to the gospel call... and we pledge to continue to work together with all people of good will to build God’s beloved community in this place we call home."
I'm very lucky to be part of communities who share this aspiration. I've got a long way to go.
It would be so much easier to plug my ears and bury my head in the sand. But the stuff that I wouldn't hear? That's the stuff that demands of me: Get to work. Shine like gold on deck. Now is the time.