We are the light

I have not said anything about politics, feeling that no  matter what I posted, someone would be upset, disagree, or wonder if I had lost my frickin’ mind.

No, I’m not happy about how it turned out. I would have liked to have seen a woman president. Okay, maybe not this particular woman, who is after all, ultimately a career politician. I would have liked to have seen a newcomer who would look out for the rapidly disappearing middle class. But that’s not who we got.

No matter. We survived Grant, an alcoholic, Harding (remember the  Teapot Dome scandal?), and two Bushes. We will survive this.

So what can I do during the next four years to combat the wave of negativism, racism, white supremacy (whatever that is) and other ugly stuff that has come crawling out of the sewer and found its way to social media?

If I can, I’d like to paraphrase something written by St. Francis many years ago:

Lord, make my writing become an instrument  of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me write of love; where there is injury, let me write words that heal; where there is doubt, let me write stories of faith; where there is despair, let me write of hope; where there is darkness, let  my words let the light in; where there is sadness, let me speak of joy.

We writers can moan and groan and join the darkness. Or we can seek out the cracks and use our God-given talents to let the light in.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.

(From “Anthem” by Leonard Cohen)

 

 

 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. lorrainequinn4
    Nov 20, 2016 @ 06:37:20

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

    Reply

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