“Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” These words come from Psalm 30:5 (NLT).
I preface this opinion using that verse, because our nation has been through a lot. We’ve seen a former President use the highest to benefit whatever thought would make himself look better. We’ve watched as he and Republican leaders from Washington, D.C. and around the nation try to throw the ideology of our Democratic Republic into turmoil.
In the last four years, we watched how a pandemic has killed more than 400,000 Americans and counting, and that threw tens of millions of Americans out of work and destroyed untold numbers of businesses in its wake.
We watched a morally repugnant human being in American public life, a bigot and a misogynist and a xenophobe and a tax cheat and a petty, insecure narcissist lose an election and still claim – beyond leaving office – that he won.
Truly, even as I write this, I’m filled with such emotion. The struggle that Americans have faced over the past four years is absolutely surreal. But the one thing I know is that hope is on the way. Our nation needs healing.
My prayer, today, is for all Americans. I pray that the blessings of Divine Providence would overshadow our nation. Our journey will be long towards the healing our nation needs. Our fight is not with forces that are seen but, rather, the forces that are unseen.
As quoted from the 1976 book, written by Helen Schucman, “Ask not the sparrow how the eagle soars!”
May we always continue to look to Providence in the troubled times we live. May we look for peace, even in the shadows of darkest. May we look and see the rainbow that the Blessed One has given to us and realize that our future is bright with the hope and expectation of a glorious new day.
Thomas Lineweaver is the Chief Digital Editor of ATR News in Nashville, TN.