I've tried to lay low in the election year blow outs, but it seems that on the eve of this years national election, I will offer a small but sincere voice. One of my dearest and closest friends had a dream one night where she was giving a speech. She was not backing democrat nor republican, independent nor the uninterested, she was giving a speech to people about what she valued. It was powerful and memorable enough that she woke up and wrote out the speech she gave to this faceless but hungry crowd. It was so beautiful and I asked her if I might post this here to share with you all.
Whatever you believe, there is truth and encouragement to be found in this. No one but God knows what lies ahead of us as a nation tomorrow, but I trust that no matter what, He will keep His promise to be with us through it all. I think we forget that He is for all of us, not just those who think they know what's going on. After all, we all only see in part.
Without further adieu, here is the speech from the dream my lovely friend Jeanine Jackson had a few months ago. Enjoy. And God Bless America!
"I had a dream last night, and in my dream I was writing a political speech. I woke up and wrote it down. Here it is:
Government didn't rush into a burning and falling structure on 911 and risk its life to rescue, Americans did.
Government didn't provide those healing embraces to the hurting moms,
dads, children and friends of those who lost loved ones that fateful
day, Americans did.
Government doesn't rush from work to sit in the stands to cheer their
young ball players on the field, or attend a recital, or take their
child to Karate, soccer practice, or drum lesson, but Americans do.
Government doesn't sit in gross anatomy lab learning how to diagnose, or
push through nights on call with no sleep, or tell a patient that
cancer will take their life, or decide when to call off a code blue,
but Americans do.
Government doesn't wake up in the middle of the night to nurse a sick
child, smoothing their hair back with a cool rag as they burn with fever
while making the tough decision when to seek a physician's help, but
Government doesn't get teary-eyed when it pledges allegiance to "Old
Glory" or cheer when it hears the refrain, "Ore the land of the free
and the home of the brave," but Americans do.
Government doesn't sacrifice the niceties of life so its child can be
outfitted for school, or attend the school prom, or participate in the
individual dream of its child, but Americans do.
Government doesn't struggle and strategize to make life better for its future generations, but Americans do.
Government doesn't instill the American identity of hard work, values,
and service into the DNA of its citizens, but Americans do. In their
homes, in classrooms, in church and community activities.
We the people. We are the Americans on the ground floor of our homes and
communities with passion and personal investment. And as Americans we
are the ones who choose someone who will lead "we the people" to ensure
that the principles of our American identity are carried into future
generations. We the people can vote for a leader who, like us, grew up
loving red white and blue, a leader who, like us and the brave ones
before us, will defend and protect our American way of life. Because
that is what Americans do.
"Love is the greatest power on earth. It conquers all things."
~Jeanine Jackson "