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“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Dalai Lama (Photo of my friendly newsfeed, may it stay that way)

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV

Because of the upcoming election, I hold my breath and hope my friendly Facebook newsfeed isn’t bombarded with political hate posters.

Hope friends really do stay friendly.

Hope we regard each person who runs for office like we would a family member, friend and neighbor. After all, they are just that to someone.

With all that hope for harmony, imagine my surprise when a couple of months ago a friend tagged my name to thank me for sharing a poster bashing our government, Uncle Sam and more. You may have seen it circulating. It pictures Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat, although I’m sure he was set up. He would never …

I untagged myself, left a comment on my friend’s wall that the poster was not from me, and posted a statement on my Facebook page saying the same thing. At that point, I had to let it go even though I didn’t want to.

Instead of keeping on, I stopped to think about my reaction. I knew where it originated.

My dad retired from the Air Force after 22 years, which makes me a proud military brat. I stood on base soil beside him while he saluted the flag when the trumpeter played Taps. I proudly shopped in the commissary with him when he was dressed in uniform. I sobbed quietly when the officiant folded the flag that was draped over Dad’s casket.

Even though Dad is gone, I want his example and devotion to live on.

The pride I feel for Dad’s service to our country is something I’ve never quite been able to put into words. It set the stage for probably more than I realize, but definitely for my political views. Funny thing is, I have no idea if Dad voted republican or democrat.

One thing I am sure of, he was patriotic. He expressed his political opinions at the voting poll. 

I like it that way because, really, where else does it matter?

What’s your take on political talk?

WRite wHere I’m supposed to be – Dear God, we’re approaching another big election in less than two months. Remind us to put patriotism above politics, and You above it all.

I have something for you!


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