I just saw a funny post.
“Finally the end of election commercials. Now we can finally find out who burned down Cheryl’s She Shed.” If you don’t recognize the reference, it is a reaction to a funny State Farm commercial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ffs4gSJjjV4
The interruptions are over. Maybe we go back to mundane experiences and trivial fascinations? Life resumes.
There’s something really nice about decisions being settled, taking a breath, going back to daily life. But as I reflect, I consider a few points.
First, can we drop some of the polarization but still keep some of the passion? Can we talk about the issues that are of concern without the partisan talking points? When we can drop our Democrat or Republican talking points and just talk about the topic (e.g. what are the concerns, and hopes, in the health care arena; what do we value in education; how can we be the arms of Jesus to people in need) it’s amazing how much common ground we can find, especially as companions in following Jesus. [By the way, at Advent, the Adult Forum is a great place to do that.]
Second, can we keep remembering the center. We are followers of Jesus. We love as God first loved us. Within our communities we have some big differences in economics, education, political views, upbringing, and we have some disagreements about a variety of issues, but we are children of God! We are included by grace – God’s free gift of love! We are family! Start with respect, with listening, with seeking to understand and to be understood. [By the way, church is a great place be reminded of that.]
Third, can we find out who really did burn down Cheryl’s She Shed? My wife would love one of those, but as long as there is an arsonist around, I’m holding off on that project…LOL.