However you feel about our current president, I believe it is important for all of us to remember our hope is not in political parties or in the government.

Our hope is in the Kingdom of God.

Recently I came across a poem entitled, “The Hill We Climb”

by Amanda Gorman. I want to share part of it with you all:

 

And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us,

but what stands before us.

We close the divide because we know, to put our future first,

we must first put our differences aside.

We lay down our arms

so we can reach out our arms

to one another.

We seek harm to none and harmony for all.

Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true,

that even as we grieved, we grew,

that even as we hurt, we hoped,

that even as we tired, we tried,

that we'll forever be tied together, victorious.

 

Not because we will never again know defeat,

but because we will never again sow division.

Scripture tells us to envision

that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree

and no one shall make them afraid.

 

If we're to live up to our own time,

then victory won't lie in the blade.

But in all the bridges we've made,

that is the promise to glade,

the hill we climb.

 

If only we dare.

It's because being American is more than a pride we inherit,

it's the past we step into

and how we repair it.

 

—Pastor Jesse Letourneau

Micah 6:8