By: Maena St. Paul
i've been struggling with the right words to bring the swl family some comfort in the midst of chaos. because right now, our world is not a place of peace.
it isn't a home where you can trust that the walls won't come caving in.
and i think pretending like it is won't settle enough as a permanent band-aid.
i remember when i was going through a break up, a friend told me that i shouldn't act like it isn't happening.
"let yourself grieve." she said.
"you lost what you hoped for and that deserves to be grieved over."
and i think that's the same for us as people.
we feel like we're losing our sense of freedom,
our right to respect as human beings.
like we're being striped of our basic right to live boldly and fully.
but it was only few months back that we were completely divided because of the presidentialelections.
and now that we all feel the sting of injustice breathing at the nape of our necks, we're learning what it means to stand together, rebuilding our own walls to call home.
and we're choosing people who look nothing like us because we finally get it.
we finally understand what jesus meant by neither jew nor gentile.
and i am astounded that just a couple of months ago, we couldn't look each other in the eye, much less keep our doors open for one another.
but now, we're fighting to break it off the hinges so no one ever has to feel left out again.
so if this season feels like a heartbreak, it should.
but don't let it keep your wrists wrangled in helplessness.
let it be the fire behind your knees to keep you running for those who no longer feel something worthy in their legs.
keep speaking up.
keep believing in the bigger and better days.
because when we stop fighting for each other, we hand opposition the trophy in defeat.
and as far as i am concerned, that is not humanity.
we are capable of change.
we are capable of the better choice.
of picking kindness over our own opinions.
hope instead of fear.
and if that means we have to keep shouting until our lungs give out just to be heard,
then so be it.
we will shake the chains off with our voices and we will have our freedom back.