Grief and the Election

 

Psalm 73:16, When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me.

Lamentation 1:12, Behold and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me.

As I have listened to people following the election, I noticed that many people are going through the stages of grief. It’s akin to the grief of dealing with a sudden death in the family. I put that thought on Facebook and almost immediately Becky’s niece who lives in Virginia replied that that was exactly how she and many of her friends.  My daughter has cancelled Facebook because of many of her friends are distraught.  My son who lives in Maryland called from vacation in Florida to ask how his mother was doing.

So if someone you know or you yourself are stunned and perhaps even in denial, take some time for yourself or give the grieving person time to work through it.  Yes, democracy worked and on inaugural day we will have a president, that’s true.  While that might be uplifting to some, others may not ready to appreciate that aspect of our democracy.

Psalm 73:26, may be a good place to conclude.

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

 

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