healing-hopeFor many, the days following the 2016 presidential election seem uncertain. Our divided electorate suggests that a country united will take time to heal. On November 10, the First Community Church Facebook page received several messages of hope and inspiration:

All day today I have been thinking of Abraham Lincoln’s words: “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Debby Waddell

The hurt and pain must be heard before the healing begins.

Liz Quere Slaybaugh

I like this quote from the author Alain de Botton. “The only true avenue is to commit ourselves to years of careful, adroit plotting to bring about a renewal of that now ever more implausible dream: a land governed for a little while longer by a spirit, as fragile as crystal, of wisdom and love.”

Craig A. Johnson

The good news for all of us is we have a new opportunity to show love, support, acceptance and grace to each other. We are only as divided as we choose to be. I’m inspired to practice kindness toward all of God’s children simply because love MUST win.

Laura Wickerham Elliott

Healing and hope starts with you. It’s on each of us to
make it happen. Every day. Each encounter.

Matt Ringlien