Did your world totally turn upside down today? I can’t say mine did. I still had to get up at 7, get the girls fed and educated, fold some laundry, make some lunch, and do some writing. There’s something to be said for not turning the television on during the day (we never do this anyway, so it never occurred to me to do it today either), or checking anything online other than email for most of the day.
For all those who hinted we might be disgruntled by the outcome, I assure you we’re not. I’m glad to be able to say I voted from my conscience and calling. I’m not angry about how things turned out. Concerned about what could happen with the abortion laws and such? Yes. All the more reason to pray. I couldn’t express my view here any better than my friend Leura did. Here’s a portion of what she wrote:
Obama’s views offer those of us who don’t agree with him an opportunity—a kick in the butt is more like it—to exercise our personal responsibility and not just our patriotic responsibility. Take abortion, for example, an issue that’s dear to my heart. It’s clear we’re not going to make much political headway in the next four years on this issue, so let’s roll up our sleeves and take our passion to another front. Let’s start investing personally in the lives of the girls and women who are most at-risk for unexpected pregnancies. Let’s tangibly support the brave women who choose to carry their babies and give them up. (I can’t imagine anything harder.) Let’s come alongside the women who keep their babies. That may mean buying them clothes and baby food, or babysitting while they’re earning their GED. Let’s pour our money and time into Christian crisis pregnancy centers that tell women the truth—that human life is never an accident. If the government’s not going to do it for us, let’s make a difference ourselves. I’ve just gotta wonder if thisisn’t what Jesus had in mind for us all along.
Good words, Leura.
I’m in the process of writing about the elections for the short News Now columns. The goal tonight is to state the facts without sounding partisan, to communicate the hope that accompanies so many in our country as well as the sadness from so many. And to do so four times in snippets no longer than 150, 175, 200, and 225 words. It’s tricky, I tell you.
It’s supposed to rain tomorrow and I’m looking forward to that. Life goes on. Hopefully it will continue to do so.