There has never been a time in my 59 years of life when America has seemed so disrupted, disjointed, and disharmonious. With the election looming, the pandemic grinding on, and our spirits weary, it seems like a good time to cast out a prayer. Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could rally and show a spirit of reconciliation and love? We can set the intention right now, no matter what the outcome of the election. No matter if a vaccine is ready for the holidays. Here is my prayer for Thanksgiving.
It’s All About Intention
Many of my friends, family, and patients in the clinic have strong opinions about the upcoming election. My family up north certainly has vociferous views. I worry about them. If their party does not win, I fear some of them will have a heart attack! And in all seriousness, I fear there will be riots in the streets no matter the outcome. One side or the other will be so mad that they will throw rocks, like little kids, out of control, having a temper tantrum.
My prayer for Thanksgiving is that it doesn’t have to be this way. We don’t have to let fear take hold of us. Fear wants us to believe that a political party or a pandemic will be able to destroy our lives. In truth, they can make us miserable, but they cannot destroy us. They can wear us down, make us angry, frustrate us to no end. However, with perseverance, we can fight back, climb out of the hole we’ve fallen into, and reclaim victory.
We will find a vaccine for Covid-19. It’s just a matter of time. It may come soon, by Thanksgiving. Maybe later, in June, next December. But it will come eventually.
Ups and Downs of American Politics
I am tired of seeing political differences ruin friendships and family relationships. We will always have political differences. That’s the American way. But we cannot turn our political rivals into forces of evil. That’s what’s happened in 2020. The truth is that most Trump supporters are not racists, and most Biden supporters are not socialists. It’s just politics. America will survive Trump and Biden. And Americans will survive the 2020 election.
For the Democrats out there, you will regain the White House eventually. Maybe this year, perhaps not, but eventually. If not in 2020, then in 2024 or 2028 at the latest. For Republicans, Trump may pull off a victory this year. If so, job well done. If not, don’t despair. Republicans will probably win the interim elections in 2022, starting their rise back to power. And so it goes as it has gone for the past 250 years in this great country. Back and forth. Americans trend toward the middle. We like balance.
Prayer For Thanksgiving
You know how the Pilgrims and Native Americans came together for the first Thanksgiving to “mend fences”? What if we did the same this year? When you think about it, we have a lot to be grateful for.
We have our families, our freedom, food on the table, a political system that survived the election (we hope!), a health care system that has kept us alive during this pandemic. We are tired and beat up but still fighting the good fight. Most of us have faith in God or a higher power that calls us to be better than we thought we could be. Every morning, we wake up ready to improve ourselves, our family, friends, community, and nation. We are Americans and world citizens, grateful to be alive, ready to fight for another day, another year.
Let’s stop fighting each other and start working together. At least for a day. For Thanksgiving.