When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
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Yesterday was a rainy, cold Monday. I spent the day inside, not doing much of anything.
Lost in contemplation.
Humming the hymn that I’d heard on Friday while watching the funeral in Charleston for Rev. Clementa Pinckney.
Remembering my Southern church lady aunt who used to hum that particular hymn while tidying up around her home.
Which, really, is what I should have been doing.
My plan for the day had been to use the time to weed the garden. Our vacation travels followed by a busy week of getting back into daily routines had given the weeds a chance to take over.
But instead of jumping into any activity at all, I found myself thinking about how proud I am of this country for moving forward in a peaceful way on social issues that impact everyone.
I realize that people are whining and opining all over the place on FB and cable news outlets, but when you get down to it, this country in pretty damned amazing.
The change process worked, both on a national judicial level and on a state executive level.
Homophobia and racism, spotlighted last week like they were, are now officially acknowledged as behaviors that do not help make our country strong.
Hate never does.
It really is that simple. We’ve moved forward. Hallelujah!
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Do not be afraid of the hate surfacing. Backlash is an inevitable side effect of progress. Cruelty is simply fear’s death knell. Carry on.