Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Words to Consider
“A choir is made up of many voices, including yours and mine. If one by one all go silent then all that will be left are the soloists. Don’t let a loud few determine the nature of the sound. It makes for poor harmony and diminishes the song.”
― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
A Word of Hope
I have been checking Facebook many times each day, wanting to keep up with the latest developments from Washington. I check the news feeds, too, but amazingly, I often hear about the latest developments first on Facebook. Reading what people have to say about these developments helps me to put things into perspective. Lately, there are fewer dissenting view points; people with more right-wing views have unfriended or unfollowed me. I’m good with that, but have to keep reminding myself that there are many people out there who have very different viewpoints than my own. It’s easy to get a skewed outlook on how the America people are reacting to new developments if you don’t know what “the enemy” is thinking or saying. It’s easy to get lulled into thinking that, surely by now, everyone can see that things aren’t working out well in Washington. Do I really need to speak out about my feelings?
Fortunately for me, I have a Facebook friend who is right-wing, and who has not (yet) unfriended me. It’s strange to think that our viewpoints are so wildly different. We grew up living 2 or 3 blocks apart. We are the same age. We went to the same church, and even to the same Catholic grade school and high school. Yet she supports Trump (still!), believes that Black Lives Matter is a racist movement, and apparently believes that Hillary Clinton is the Antichrist. Every time I read one of her political posts on Facebook, I have to restrain myself from firing off an angry retort. I have learned to respond to her posts only with information which comes from documented and reliable sources. In the long run, her posts help me to realize that it is important to carry on the fight for my beliefs. I must be vocal about my feelings and beliefs, and not let others speak for me. But I must moderate the tone of my response to avoid alienating those who might be open to listening to what I have to say.
Merciful and loving God, please help me to remember that each one of us is loved by You. At the same time, please help me to understand the power of my own voice, and the necessity to speak out when rights are threatened.