Monthly Archives: November 2016

We Will Rise

There is a lot of emotion flowing this morning. Torrents of shock and anger feed the ever increasing maelstrom of fear by those who are “different”. Our new president has declared open season on women, people of color, immigrants, the disabled, those on the queer spectrum…and the panic is rising for good reason.

Faith of any kind usually means standing strong in the face of adversity. Therefore, I implore everyone to grab hold of their faith. Hold it tightly; cling to it like the life preserver that it is.

Because we will rise.

We will not succumb to the hate speech – or worse, the hate behavior – that has been blindly deemed acceptable. We are not cut from that flawed cloth, and we will not stitch it around our bodies, our minds, and our hearts.

We will rise.

We will treat people with dignity and respect for the people they are, showing each person that they are a person who is worthy of it. Knowing a person for their mind and their heart is the only route to true understanding.

We will rise.

We will celebrate diversity for the richness and beauty that it brings to life, embracing other cultures and religions as learning experiences. Knowledge is power, and not only will we gain that power, but we will exude it.

We will rise.

We will speak out against injustice, no longer keeping silent when “jokes” are made, or actions are seen. It is time to stand up and be heard as the voice of acceptance. It is time for us to live by the example that we value and to hold others accountable for their hatred.

We will rise.

I am only one person, but maybe a movement truly can start with me. A blog post, a hashtag, a bumper sticker, a t-shirt…this journey will be so many more than just a thousand proverbial steps. It will be arduous, it will be fraught with danger. But it will be worth it.

Because we will rise.

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