What a year! It’s in the books. It’s done. It’s over. Caput! Now what? You know what? It really isn’t over, yet. Yes 2017 is gone, but 2018 is on now. So nope. Not by a long shot. There’s still a lot to be done in 2018. On the national scene, the resistance needs to continue. This morning is the beginning, as other mornings that preceded it have seen a beginning. This unfortunate anomaly occurring now in our democratic institutions needs replacement. Fortunately that job continues through investigations and interviews and plea deals. It is in capable hands. The other work that needs to continue is to elect progressives in this new year of change. The steps backward we have taken this past year can be halted in their tracks and moved to a more forward direction. We need to return to rational thought and not succumb to the rantings and ignorant diatribes and nonsensical pronouncements of lies and half truths coming from Washington, or Florida or New Jersey (where ever the climate is ripe for a golf game and a phone is handy). Remember the people did not elect him, the system did. 

So where do we begin? I was so hoping that the evangelicals would have caught on to the outright un-Christian approach of this “new” governmental regime, but they have been so mired in the Old Testament that they forgot there were things called “Gospels” out there to read and to follow. I guess when the principles of the Gospels are put into action with real world problems, it’s too hard. Or maybe Jesus really didn’t mean it like that. For the rest of us, it is not hard, we just need to pay attention and the solutions will present themselves.

At his brother’s funeral, Ted Kennedy eulogized his brother Bobby by presenting to us a doable challenge.

“My brother(Bobby Kennedy) need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.” -Edward Kennedy

So what’s keeping you/me from rising to this simple yet profound challenge? We are all in this together and righting wrongs is the least we can do together as a country as a people and as brothers and sisters. Morning has broken, we have work to do.

and so it goes…