Yesterday I drove to Los Angeles and joined the protest at the airport. I’m planning to write about my experience in the next few days. Meanwhile I’ll share my favorite sign photo and my gratitude.
Today I’m personally thankful for: being able to go to my 360x class this morning at Mile 26; Sally Yates for refusing to defend the indefensible; and the LAPD for their work with big protest marches two weeks in a row…I sure they’ll be more.
On November 9 I like many people woke up in shock, disbelief, and grief. My feelings were not because a “Republican” won. Heck, I used to be a Republican. My intense feelings were because our country had elected a person who showed through word and deed that he was unfit to lead. I could not understand how his bullying and disrespect for women, people with disabilities, other Republicans, Muslims, immigrants and especially Mexicans was ok. That the majority of white Christians supported him, led me to question whether I could remain a Christian. I felt that morning as if I couldn’t move, as if a great dark cloud of despair descended above me.
But in this despair I felt God’s presence and I was reminded that the promises that I’ve received assure me that I will always experience God’s presence. I also remember the words I say often, “Jesus promises we will never be alone. He does not promise that life will be easy. In fact he pretty much tells us that it will not always be easy.”
As I remembered this lesson I was thankful. I then remembered other advice I’ve given through the years, “no matter how bleak a day looks, we can always find something to be thankful for, even if it’s just that sun has arisen.”
So I started my own daily list of gratitude. I confess that some days I read the news and have trouble making my list. Other days are so joyful that the gratitude gushes forth like a spring. Today is one of those harder days as I digest the news of the betrayal of our laws, our Constitution, and our values. But I will stand strong and I hope you will too my friends, because we must. And in the midst of the struggle we will experience God in wonderful ways unimaginable before. Not because God caused this travesty but because God is with us in our refusal to accept it.
Today I am personally thankful for: the lawyers who are hard at work opposing these lawless executive orders; the millions of people(including me) who are actively opposing these policies; and the opportunity for a short end of day, sunset run in Malibu as running is great for my mental health.
Matthew 25- Jesus speaking: 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.
For all those who kept posting the offensive meme, “put God back in the White House” while President Obama was in office, you should realize that your new president just signed orders to keep Jesus (who is God with us) out of our country.
Today I am personally thankful for: our First Amendment and the ability to protest; the good news that my faith gives me clear direction in these trying times; and for mental health my ability to run and run hard.