I am uncomfortable. I am unsure of if I should go or stay… in the United States. Perhaps, my uncertainty is due to President Trump’s treatment of the aftermath of the Unite the Right rallies that left one person dead, nineteen injured and a nation on edge. For many persons, regardless of political party affiliation, his statement wasn’t clear enough or strong enough. Worse still, it was perceived as insincere. Many people in America are wondering, “Did he mean it?” And worse still, “Whose side is he on? Who does he really represent?”
As the president of the United States of America, his primary job is to lead and speak in ways that foster, support and maintain our unity among the American people. We had hoped he would make the first move, that he would bring us back together. We were wrong. So then, I issue this call: rally around love.
Rally around tear- stained faces and hardened hearts instead of statues and hardened positions.
Listen for the fearful, the trembling voices, the hearts beating fast. Rally around them.
Look for those who can’t find the words, who are struggling to name their present reality. Rally around them.
Track down those in hiding after the terrorist attack in Charlottesville. Rally around them.
Search for those conflicted by the present and troubled by the past. Rally around them.
Find those who feel they can’t find their footing and don’t know if there is a way forward. Rally around them.
Seek out those who are tempted to close themselves off from cross- cultural relationships because they have been hurt before. Rally around them.
Notice those who are struggling to trust again, who are preparing to settle into historical assumptions. Rally around them.
Discover the bridge- builders, conflict managers and reconcilers. Rally around them.
Rally around those who looking for love.
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When I was in the Army, I was in a unit that had the motto – “Forging Onward”. We were part of the 1st Armored Division, nicknamed “Old Ironsides”.
Forging Iron does not change iron into something else, it is still iron. It does change its shape from something it was into something more useful. Forging Iron does not change the strength of iron, but refocuses that iron’s strength for a usable purpose that provides benefits.
We do indeed need to Rally! I’m with you, Forging Onward even now and even more!