This is a tough week.   There are people who are happy.   There are people who are sad.   There are people who are angry and vengeful.  There are people who are scared, scared personally and scared for the nation.

There are people who are absolutely terrified about what this might mean for their children as they grow up.

It has changed social media from social to sociopathic.  

This is not the time and this is not the place for trite answers.   This is not the time for rainbows and unicorns.   This is definitely not the time for death threats and sexual assaults (not that there ever is, but there are reports of both coming in since Tuesday night).

A friend of mine (and I’m not going to use his name because I’m quoting him without permission) wrote on Facebook yesterday…..

“Last week, one of my kids asked, “What are you going to do if Trump wins?” After a moment’s pause, I said, “I’m going to keep trying to make this place look more like the kingdom of God. It’s just going to be a lot harder in some ways.”

I’m back this morning. It’s good, but it’s a lot harder in some ways.”

Recognize that it’s going to be a lot harder.   It already is a lot harder. 

Don’t try to minimize pains or fears.

Sit with their pain.   Sit with them in their sadness or their fear.   Let them know that you are still here.   That you don’t know what to say but you’re still here.

And you’re going to be here, fighting for what’s right, being a voice for the voiceless and sitting with the hurting in their pain. 

Because it’s going to be a lot harder in some ways.   And it’s up to us to stand up for what we believe is right.

And to sit with those who are in pain and let them know they aren’t alone.

We need to show those who are afraid and the rest of the world that one man and the anger he has unleashed do not define this country and do not define our church.

If they do, then may God help us all.

Tom