Dear Hillary supporters:
First, I want to say I am so very sorry. This morning, as you mourn the loss of progress toward a more equalized future, I give you my deepest condolences. I know there are no words I can say to comfort you right now. I know you are feeling raw, like you have a huge gaping wound tearing through your gut and bleeding out in front of you. I know you fear for your children. I know you fear for what is going to happen in the next days, months, and years. I know you are hurt and angry and outraged that the faith you had in our human culture has failed you so miserably.
As I hold my arms out to you, open for embrace, praying for reconciliation after a brutal election season, may I be so bold as to share a few things with you?
Mother Teresa said:
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
We are a broken people. Much hatred and loathing and abhorrent behavior has been spewed between friends these last few months. Many relationships have been severed. Much has been lost.
I know it is simple, and most likely offensive, for someone on the “winning team” to say, let’s all just hold hands and move forward together. But it is the only thing we can do, if we want our nation to survive. A house divided against itself cannot stand. And if you truly do believe love trumps hate, if you truly believe that integrity and brotherly love are worth fighting for, then fight for it. Show the world that you will not allow fear to dictate your behavior.
Show the world that your love for our country and its people are more important than your suspicions and concerns for the future.
Mourn, yes. Lament, and weep, and ache for a time. Grieve over the loss of a future you so desperately longed for. Take this time to mourn over your loss, as you would the death of a family member. Give yourself the freedom and room to experience that sadness. But then, then move on to joy.
Joy is entirely different from happiness. Happiness is an emotion and temporary; joy is an attitude of the heart. Happiness comes and goes, sometimes as often as waves hitting the shore. It’s not something you can cling to when you’ve lost a loved one or are facing bankruptcy, or you’ve lost an election.
I know it may not feel this way, but I am on your team. I am rooting for you. I am rooting for me, too. I am rooting for our country, and for the future of our children. And I am praying you will allow me to hold your hand as you walk through this difficult time, so that we may walk forward together once the mourning period has ended.
I love you, friends.
For additional insights, please read my post from a few years ago on why I won’t tear down Barack Obama HERE.