alimakesthings"lament is the fierce and fearless naming of what's wrong. not because you're just trying to tear it down, but because only when you shine the light on it, only when you name it and drag it out into the open can the healing begin."
i know none of us need another political post, so this isn’t that. regardless of who you voted for, or why you did… it is inarguable that a huge portion of our country is hurting. feels voiceless. unseen and misunderstood. and it’s been this way for a long time. and so i’m lamenting along with them. loving them. the ONLY thing bringing me solace is seeing so many of my friends, my community, my generation standing alongside and weeping with the oppressed. is this not what we believe is a better world? is this not the work of God? is this not love in action? my dearest friends are people who are, truly, some of my greatest heroes: people who work diligently so that others may have opportunity. my generation is one of change makers. we rise to come alongside the broken-hearted, to welcome the displaced... THIS gives me immense pride and hope for our nation. THIS, this is what Jesus lived… but now, more than ever, we see what can be: our america will be an incredible place for our kids to grow up because of our insistence upon love and our fight for justice. we are in it for the long game.
i value and respect our country of democracy, but man, my heart hurts. i feel betrayed and confused and heartbroken knowing that many of the people who raised us to value and pursue integrity- to love ALL others like Jesus loves them, to care for the marginalized, the orphaned, the outcast and the imprisoned, to protect the disabled, to see and value women, to be generous, to hold money loosely- voted for a man who has not lived those lessons well. a man who has represented much that love is not. a man who will now represent us as a nation. my heart is so heavy.
the city of atlanta was somber yesterday. honestly, i expected riots, but instead, i saw sadness. a lot of sadness. i was sad. i felt lost, so i decided to do what i always do when i'm feeling melancholy: go grocery shopping. (PLEASE CONT READING IN COMMENTS💗) 📸@haleysheffield
- mabintylouSo powerful and so eloquent. Thank you.
- joannariverasoul food ❤️ @sarahepoe01 @beebopnae @kaitdel @haleyroe @paigingdunn @tashafoschetti @misscami11e @amandaisgreat @hugkevo @vicster223
- jordannmoodyI'm from atl but am currently abroad for the semester. when I come home in January, the Dekalb Farmer's Market will be on my list of places to visit before I head back to school. thank for for these words - for sharing your heart and your voice - and for reminding me of one of my favorite lil diverse places. 💙
- sarahthetranyour words are like a hug through my phone. i know that's not eloquent- but it's just what it is haha
- sweettearambler@kvas34 @haaddison read Ali's whole post...❤️
- cojewelsJust wanted to reach out to let you know I am on the side of love, justice, and truth and would like to reassure you and everyone who is lamenting that I truly believe in my heart and spirit that you don't have to fear for our future. It may not look like that at the moment to you, but things aren't always what they seem. I feel so strongly that it isn't going to be like what you may be feeling afraid of. I care about our planet. I care about our people. And I know that even though so many of you out there are worried about what our new president is going to do, I believe in the depths of my spirit that it is going to end up all working out for our good. Don't let the media and the fears of others put more fear into your heart. Love casts out fear... Let's all join together to show the world what TRUE love looks like... Patient, kind, not envious, doesn't keep records of wrong or delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. Don't let anger and fear take over and let them distract us. I may not have voted for the same person you did, but I assure you that I do not promote hate and division. I want to just encourage you and say that my spirit senses that many will be pleasantly surprised in the days and months ahead with what happens when things begin to change for our country. Don't be afraid and don't let fear or anger keep you from having and open heart and mind. For everyone who reads this I wish you peace and love. #loveoneanother #dontbeafraid #imwithyou #onenationundergod
- rachelpullenThank you so much for your words of comfort ❤️
- mallory.overtonThanks for bringing the perspective + spreading hope, Ali! 💕
- jpaterikYou are beautiful and I love how you share your heart. It helps more than you know ❤️
- brittanyviklundThank you!
- valerieciminoThose are good words Julie!
- alimakesthings@cojewels hi julie! i know you and your sweet heart, and YOU, my friend, are not who i'm worried about. it's those that are using trump's words of hate and prejudice to validate their own. (this post shows what i mean 💔https://mobile.twitter.com/i/moments/796417517157830656?m=1) that is anti-love. this kind of behavior has happened for a long time, but this election has brought the internet trolls out into real life, attacking people because of their skin color and calling it okay. i'm not being lead by fear, and when i see oppression, i will speak on behalf and stand with those broken-hearted and beat down by it. i believe that is what i'm personally and biblically bound by. trust me, i would LOVE a leader who leads with the kind of integrity and love you described, but i have not seen that to be this man. we may not have voted the same, but i think you're an amazing woman and i appreciate the respectful dialogue. 💗
- cojewelsI hear you Ali... I say let's all band together and pray for fear to be silenced by love (on both sides). We are in a battle every day but it's not against flesh and blood (each other) Let's hold on to hope and keep speaking words of life and spreading love and light no matter what! Ephesians 6:12
- cojewelsThank you! @valeriecimino
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