While America is still mourning the results of an election gone oh, so very wrong, President Barack Obama speaks at the last Christmas tree lighting he will preside over. He reminds us all of what we need to take into these next four (or heaven forbid, eight) years.
Believers of all faiths will need to step up and become "our brother's keeper, our sister's keeper." If the government fails to care for us the way we hope it will, we will have to care for each other the way we hope someone would care for us in our time of need. Is that too much to ask? I hope and pray not. We may need each other desperately before this is all over.
Racism isn't the only "-ism" we need to battle. Classism, ableism, and sexism are all our demons too. We need to stop saying one person's privilege or pain is greater than another's. We need to stop dividing our efforts and come together to take care of those who can't take care of themselves.
I've been trying to figure out whether I need to be an activist or a peacemaker. Maybe the answer is both. The social worker within me is alive and well, but so is the believer. I hope that believing will help us get through it all.
Trump is coming. But so is Christ. Christ will be here through it all.