You may recognize that as a line from the old hymn, Onward Christian Soldiers by S. Baring-Gould. It’s not sung much anymore but that sentiment is still valid. Especially today. Especially every day. Because every day, we live side by side.
As the same hymn also says, we are “one in charity.”
That’s the assignment for all of us today: to be united in finding a way to be charitable towards one another, to extend courtesy, to give grace. Regardless of who won the election, regardless of the color of your skin or the neighborhood you live in, regardless of the church you go to or don’t go to, regardless of your education or your income, let us remember that we’re all neighbors and that united we stand.
Show your charity today, show your kindness today. Don’t let today be about the election, but let it be about neighborliness. Let it be about compassion. Let it be about the fact that administrations come and go, but we will always be one.
I don’t care about who you voted for. I care about you. Today and every day.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.