Of Walls and Shutdowns
I’m neither for or against a wall. I do not presume to understand the issues around the wall. As a matter of fact, like all great challenges, the further you away you are from the problem, the simpler the solution seems. And the closer you are to the issue, the more complicated the solution seems to become.
I also do not understand why it is so simple to shut down thousands of employees and families from a month of wages while bickering over the promises of a wall.
Jenny was volunteering at a local co-op the other day when an IRS employee, which had recently moved her family to the area came in for assistance. She literally moved and had yet to be paid, while three alleged adults argued over campaign promises and party lines. I’m sure there is more to it, but really? Can we not find, in this great land of ours, civil servants that are not overwhelmed with the notion of self importance and reelection?
Maybe I cannot see past the foolishness of petty bickering, finger pointing and party sabotage that is now a normal course of action in our nation’s capital. And then, I look into the mirror and wonder what one person can do.
The answer isn’t complicated. I can bring my request for wisdom, clarity and sensibility to the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. I can plead with the next generation of leaders to set aside their personal desire for fame and fortune and seek the greater good of mankind. The greater effort of caring for the poor, marginalized and hungry that seem to continue swelling in numbers as we fight over who has learned or not learned a lesson.
Mr. President, I believe you were elected to shake up a status quo government, not to pitch fits, post tweets or spar with the Speaker of the House. And Speaker Pelosi, this non stop and childish argument needs to stop. And Mr. Senate Majority Leader Schumer, could you please just hush?
It is well past time to grow up and lead. The greatest leader of all time once said, “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.” It’s impossible to serve others, especially those in need, while clinging to selfish attitudes.
The more broken our world, the more relevant our faith. When you and I find positive ways to make a practical difference in the lives we influence, we sow the seed of hope and peace, while planting trees we may never sit under.
But then, I’m pretty far from the challenge. Aren’t you glad I’m not in charge?
Pray for our country and our leaders today!