“Though I speak, my grief is not relieved;
And if I remain silent, how am I eased?” Job 16:6
“I am so troubled that I cannot speak.”
“For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.”
Today, one week after the election, I am supposed to write to you some kind of message to bridge the gap between those who are celebrating and those who are grieving. A message that insults neither side while also condemning the evil that is seeping into our political system.
I am supposed to write to you a message of hope and in the same breath give fair warning for what’s ahead; a logical and even-toned piece that is also passionate and warm.
In short, I am supposed to work a miracle from my gray velvet couch, with only the keys of my slowly dying laptop and the fullness of my heart.
People. I am 32 years old. I am no wonder-worker.
And of all the things that I am and that I pretend to be, thank God, “all-knowing” and “all-powerful” are not on those lists.
Here are two people, much wiser and much calmer than I am, who speak the words I wish to speak.
There is “a time to keep silence / And a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:7). For me, this week, there is much still to process. My heart is silent; my conversation is between me and my Creator.
“Being Christian During a Trump Presidency” written by Aristotle Papanikolaou, a professor of theology and the co-director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University. Read it.
“Our Mission Is to Serve a Higher Order” written by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick, the archpriest of St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church, an avid blogger and published author. Read it.
P.S. A reader asked me to create a lock screen out of this verse. It has helped me greatly in reminding me of my Christian values before I post anything on social media. Download by clicking on the image to get to the full-size version.
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