I wasn’t going to post about the election today.
Like you, I woke up this morning worried about the direction our country might be headed in and anxious to hear the outcome of an election in which many are saying there’s no way for our nation to truly “win”.
One of the first things I saw on Facebook this morning was from the sister of a good friend of mine. Like many people she was sharing her post-voting picture but this one struck me more than any other “I voted” photo.
Even though we are all worried about where our country is headed, this is a beautiful and much needed reminder of how far we have come already. I don’t know who this family voted for, and I don’t want to know, I just love this picture and what it represents.
Grace accompanied her photo with these stirring words: “In 1870, the 15th amendment paved the way for voting rights but didn’t make much of a dent in practice. In 1920, women were given the right to vote. In 1965, the Voting Rights Act finally opened the flood gates for everyone to vote. In 1967, interracial marriage was legalized country-wide. Basically it was only in the last 50 years that this picture would have been able to happen. Thank God for our country! Vote, vote, vote!”
Today, on election day, I wanted to share this encouragement with every one. We have made progress over the years, and I am hopeful that we will continue to make good strides. As election day ends, I am hoping social media goes back to being kinder. I am hoping we can put our focus back on loving each other instead of sharing the worst bits of ourselves with the internet. That we can remember how far our country has come in the good ways, and focus on making it a better place in whatever ways we can.
****This post is NOT a place to argue politics of any kind. Any unkind or partisan comments will be deleted, I want to keep this a safe place for all, regardless of sides, parties or votes. Thank you!!!****
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