By Terri Sloan

Even though I’ve been a Republican my entire adult life, I did not want Donald Trump to be our President. And I’ve spent the last year on a trajectory away from everything comfortable and familiar to me because of it. I left my church. I changed my party affiliation. I distanced myself from nearly all the people in my life.  I started a new Twitter account in support of Syrian refugees. I participated in putting together a rally to support refugees. And I began writing. I did all these things because these were the ways I felt I could affect change.  These were the ways I felt I could impact the outcome of this election. I have all but given the last year of my life to bring about a change of the mindset of people.  I wanted to do more than be angry and upset.  And I feel good about this. I did what I could.

So here we are on November 9th and what I had hoped would never happen has happened. Donald J. Trump is the President-Elect of the United States of America. And the one thing I want to say here is this:

I am okay.  I encourage you to be okay, too.

When, because of sin, King David’s young firstborn son fell ill, King David laid prostrate, face down on the floor, for seven days. He refused food, he didn’t bathe.  He just laid there, begging God, in a state of raw repentance, for the child’s life. David did everything he knew to do.  It wasn’t enough. And the child died.

But the lesson in this story comes afterward.  Because as soon as King David learned of his son’s death, he got up, cleaned up, ate something and went on with his life…

 Then on the seventh day, the child died. David’s advisers were afraid to tell him. “He wouldn’t listen to reason while the child was ill,” they said. “What drastic thing will he do when we tell him the child is dead?”

When David saw them whispering, he realized what had happened. “Is the child dead?” he asked. “Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.” Then David got up from the ground, washed himself, put on lotions, and changed his clothes. He went to the Tabernacle and worshiped the Lord. After that, he returned to the palace and was served food and ate. ~ II Samuel 12:18-20

He had done what he could.

Don’t despair. God still sits on the throne. He knew all along what the outcome of this election would be. And He loves us. He wants the best for us.  All of us.  Even those innocent Syrian refugees I have been so concerned about. Let’s pray for this man, Donald Trump. And pray that through him, good can still be done. Let’s not be angry or divisive.  I won’t.  I’m going to clean up, eat something, and go on with my life.

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