Ode to America

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Between our Ocean coasts

are the most varied people

on the planet.

We are from every country

(whether or not we

chose to be here).

We are from every religion,

culture, color of skin

education level, economic class

and point of view.

 

We are like a family who

argues so passionately

spittle shoots out of our mouths.

Yet should anyone else insult us,

we defend each other

with all our might.

We love each other deeply,

but understand our frailties and our failures

even if we are loathe to admit them

to ourselves.

 

America is a country of

slow progress and

individual overcomers.

We take two steps forward

and one step back and

embrace new ideas with difficulty.

At the same time,

when push comes to shove,

we learn, we grow, and eventually

we move forward.

 

As we lean into hope,

into integrity, unity, grace and God,

we hold each other together

by fragile threads;

these threads are woven

into the substantial tapestry of

what makes us America.

The things that shred those threads

are anger, blame, condemnation,

and hate of any kind.

 

America, we have no time

for that now.

We must be the America

who pulls together,

who sees the good in each other,

who listens to each other.

We must rise above

for the good of all.

We must be the America

who prays for our country’s future.

 

We must be the America

who insists on

our President’s success

and Congress working together

until all are heard,

until there is justice for all.

We must be the America who speaks out for justice

and unity and grace loudly and clearly

until there are no more

steps backward.

 

13 comments

  1. Amen Susan. Beautifully written. In light of all the upheaval in the last year, and since the election, these words are so needed…

    America, we have no time
    for that now.
    We must be the America
    who pulls together,
    who sees the good in each other,
    who listens to each other.
    We must rise above
    for the good of all.
    We must be the America
    who prays for our country’s future.

    That’s my prayer, too. Blessings.

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    1. Thanks, Mel. No time for denigrating each other. It’s time to listen. I pray our new President-elect listens to the right people – to all people. I worry he’ll be listening too much to folks like Bannon and not enough to those Bannon rails against.

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      1. I agree about Bannon. Trump’s interview on 60 Minutes was encouraging.

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      2. It was, Mel. And I think after meeting with President Obama, he got a hint about the expansiveness of the job that faces him. I have to believe Congress will keep him in check and will convince him to oust Bannon at the first hint of hate.

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      3. Yes, the Obama meeting was gracious and encouraging, and I agree about congress keeping him in check.

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      4. Keep praying, Mel.

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  2. So beautifully said! Thank you for sharing that, Susan. =)

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  3. Reblogged this on Pete Gardner Psalms and commented:
    Beautifully said by Susan Irene Fox. America is indeed a wonderful country, and she captures it well in this piece.

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    1. Thank you, Pete.

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  4. We do live in an amazing country, and you captured it well in this piece. I pray what you have said comes to pass soon.

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    1. Oh, me too Pete. I’m having an internal struggle right now – does hope win, or does fear win? Are we the United States? Have we ever been? Or are we simply a cluster of independent sovereignties who like to call ourselves America? Hard to tell at a times.

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      1. Hope always wins. Things will come around. This is nothing like the old war protests. We have a great country

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