Dear Ashton & Gemma,
There is a lot of crazy junk going on in our country right now, and I am thankful you both are too young to understand it right now. I pray that when you are old enough to understand these goings on, they are far, far behind us.
A long time ago (even before I was born… I know, ancient) there were some very mean people in the world who did and said very bad things. I wish I had been a better history student (sorry Mr. Exline), because I would be able to explain it more eloquently. Anyway, because of these mean people, OTHER people were treated badly and not given the same rights because of very unfair, mean reasons. A couple reasons were because their skin was a different color than the mean people, they had different beliefs than the mean people and many other reasons. It was a very sad time.
Fortunately our country overcame a lot of the problems, and people were treated more equally (not completely, there were still problems).
Fast-forward to today. It kind of feels like we are going back in time, because there are some new “mean people” who are causing a lot of trouble in our country. I think these people are scared for some reason, but that is never a reason to be mean or unfair to others. It is scary to mommy when the person who is in charge of our country and is supposed to be someone we look to for leadership is one of those “mean people.” The things he has done/said/not done/not said, are all things that I am trying to teach you both not to do.
In our house I am trying my hardest to teach you both to be like Jesus. What does that mean in a nutshell? It means I want you to be kind. I want you to reach out to those people who might be hurting. I want you to be friends with people no matter what color their skin, no matter what religion they associate with, no matter how much money their families have. I want you to love as big as you love right now, don’t lose that, ok?
Most of all I want you both to know the amazing, unconditional love of Jesus, and I want it to light you up. Then when people see you, when they talk to you, they know exactly where that LIGHT comes from. It is a bit of a dark time and if we can’t change things right now, we can at least be a shining light in the dark. Every little bit of light makes a difference. I can’t change our leadership, but I can make sure that I am the light I want to see in the world, and I can try my hardest to help you do the same.
I love you more than you’ll ever know,