Whether you are blue or red, whether you are a Democrat or Republican, whether you were with her or with him, whether you support the popular vote or the electoral vote, this is a morning that calls us all to stop and pause. Some rejoice, others lament. Some hearts are heavy, others are jubilant. Some see nothing but blue skies ahead and others feel as gloomy as this morning’s skies. My friends, it is apparent that we are a deeply divided nation. We can vow to find ways to stay divided, or we can work for the peace of the city where we are planted.
As I reflect on this “morning after,” I can’t help but believe that all of the anti-racist, anti-white supremacy conversations in which I have been involved at both DisGrace in early October, and Fall Polity just last week, is timely not only for our country, but for the Presbytery of Newark. I can’t help but believe that the Spirit was moving when the VAB included a new Presbytery goal for 2017 – “Actively engage the racial divide in our society as it relates to Newark Presbytery and its community.”
Friends, my call to us this day is to focus on the one thing that unites us rather than the many that things which divide us. One of my favorite passages of Scripture has always been Jeremiah 29:11, where Jeremiah assures the people that God does indeed have a plan for them – a plan not for harm but to give the people a future with hope.
As this day begins, as we look ahead as a people of God in a divided nation, I pray that we can find assurance and hope in the realization that someone greater than any of us rules our hearts and minds.
Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Smith
Transitional Director of Presbytery Ministries