Justified Disgust…

I am unable to understand how a (wo)man of honor could take a newspaper in his/her hands without a shudder of disgust. Charles Baudelaire

Meditation: We live in a country that has a leader that is not only unfit for office, but who is morally and emotionally so depleted that not only his character, but also his mental status is deeply troubling. At the same time we have our teenagers sitting in front of the TV, watching the news in disbelief and in disgust. All the values that they are being taught to practice and uphold as they are becoming adults are being shamelessly violated by the very same person who is holding the highest office. “There is no truth. There are only evil words. There is no justice.” Our teenagers are disgusted, and in their disgust lies the seed of hope for this next generation. How though do we use our disgust? Today when I remembered evil words that the president spoke yesterday, I was overcome with my feelings of disgust while driving home with my teenage daughter in the car. I said aloud: “May God send the current president to prison”. My daughter responded:  “I do not want to use prayer this way. I want to pray for what is good for this country. And then trust that God knows that what is happening is bad.” I felt convicted and my anger and disgust turned into admiration for my daughter who knew that prayer is not a weapon, but a place to stay hopeful and positive in the midst of our disgust.

Prayer: God, we bring our justified disgust with the current leadership in this country to You. At the same time we ask that You may protect us from cynicism, rage, hostility and negativity. Help us learn from the younger generation to remain hopeful and to focus on “what is good.” Thank You for the future generation of leaders that is being born in the shadows of the current government, and who are being prepared by You to step into the truth and into the light. Amen

Yes, truth is lacking; And he who turns aside from evil makes himself a prey. Now the LORD saw, And it was displeasing in His sight that there was no justice. Isaiah 59:15