Dear sweet girl,
This morning I expected to wake up, greet you with a hug and a kiss, and show you proof that one day you could be president. But instead I woke up to the news that our country has elected a future leader who is fueled by hate, fear, and disrespect. I picked you up out of your crib this morning, kissed and held you tight, and prayed for you. And I prayed for your brother. And I prayed for our country.
I am sad. I am sad for me. I am sad for you and your little sister in my belly. I am sad for your Gigi, who went door to door and encouraged all people to vote. I am sad for your big brother, and your daddy too.
So today, and all days moving forward, I will remind you that you can be anything. You can be president. That you deserve to have a voice. That you deserve equal pay for equal work. That you deserve access to affordable healthcare. That just because someone is different from you it does not mean that they should be feared. That your value should be judged by your heart, your love for God, your kindness, the things you do for others, and the things you contribute to this world. That you do not deserve to be judged by your looks or your body.
And in four years I’ll take you with me to vote for a new president. And I’ll show you how we can do better. And how every vote matters.
But most importantly my little girl, I will remind you daily that we live in a broken world. It is our job to be a light in the darkness. It is our job to love our neighbors as ourselves. To give of our talents and our time to those who need it most. To look for the good in all people. To be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. To fight for what is right, what is pure, and what honors God.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39