how can you not have strong emotions over this election, one way or the other?
does unwavering faith in Christ and His Kingdom translate into political apathy? maybe, but i just needed someone to freak out with me tonight. the lack of commiseration with my neighbors, roommates, and boyfriend (due to their admirable faith) led me into tumultuous solitude in my room.
never underestimate the healing power of a good freak-out met with empathetic ears over consoling words.
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you know things are bad when you turn to ecclesiastes for encouragement.
i initially sought the passages with comforting phrases such as 'from dust to dust' and 'evil under the sun,' but to my surprise i actually stumbled upon encouraging words:
"I perceived that there is nothing better than for them to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil- this is God's gift to man." ecclesiastes 3:12-13
despite my shock and dramatic devastation tonight, i recognize life will go on and we are called to be joyful all the while. however, we also read in ecclesiastes that there is a
"time to weep, a time to laugh
a time to mourn, a time to dance." (3:4)
although this may be melodramatic, i'm glad i feel something when i think of our great nation's well-being. i am ashamed to admit that i have taken it for granted countless times. i'm even grateful that i was reduced to tears: i've finally broken free of my post study abroad apathy.
sure, there is 'nothing new under the sun,' but all this talk of change, with his policies and ideas in mind, is a little unnerving.
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tomorrow i will try to laugh and dance with faith and "enjoy life with [those] whom [i] love." (9:9)
no stress november will persevere and above all so will Christ and his love for us. as for our country, that is, as always, yet to be determined.
p.s. my favorite verse of the night:
"A wise man's heart inclines him to the right,
but a fools heart to the left." (10:2)