Love wins… even in the face of despair. Changes are happening all over our world in light of the recent elections in the United States. To be honest, I’m not sure many of them are for the best. We seem to have opened up a chasm to a world of intolerance and hate that was simmering under the surface. We have divided a country, in a way that has not been seen since the civil war. I am devastated and disheartened by what has come to pass since the election on the 8th of November. The amount of hate towards women, immigrants, people of all colors, religions and sexual orientations has grown by leaps and bounds, making headlines across the country. And I grieve for a kinder, gentler nation that perhaps never was.
I was recently at the marriage and wedding celebration of a same sex couple. A friend married her partner in a beautiful ceremony where they pledged their lives and love to one another. The vows were elegant and heartfelt in their simplicity. “I choose you to be my partner and to join my life with yours. I vow to support you, honor you, inspire you, and above all love you, for better or worse, in sickness and health, for richer or poorer, as long as we both shall live. This is my solemn vow.” The love in the room was palpable as they exchanged rings and pledged their lives to one another. A gathering of friends witnessed their love and in that moment it did not matter who was married, only that they were loved.
It was a traditional wedding where two people pledged their love, forsaking all others, much like my own marriage many years ago. Looking back on the ceremony, part of me is frightened for my friends. They have opened themselves and their love to the world now for better or worse. People aren’t always as accepting as we think they will be, especially now. And I ask myself, why should anyone need to be afraid to love someone?
Prior to the wedding itself, I had heard a few comments about the couple from people I would not have expected. Shocked by the sentiments expressed, I became aware of the chasm that had grown seemingly overnight. Neighbors, friends, family members I thought I once knew, or at the least understood suddenly became aliens. And the commentary continues, on same sex marriage, race and even the rights of women. Somehow people believe this is making America great again. I believe we have fallen into an abyss. Just give me love.
I leave you now with a song… there is always a song! George Harrison – Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth), I think this sums up my feelings.
Thank you for reading and listening… I hope love wins again! I’d love to hear your comments.
It started with a song…