Of hope and news and a new breaking through….


My heart is full for the wounded and afraid among us,
for the ones shaking their heads how,  how did this happen.
I’m gonna share what I believe and say it plain like I would if we could sit
around a fire and clink our glasses,  talking soft beneath the stars
and let our voices fill the night.
Hear this from the overcomer in me to the overcomer in you
because it’s our muchness we need to remember
and we were born to make real peace
and I believe it’s some lies that have us bleeding.

No one that I know whose vote called forth this trumpet
voted against women or minorities or anyone at all,
but against dishonesty and corruption so deeply entrenched
that what was needed wasn’t another politician,
but both a wrecking ball and a builder.

He was voted in by those who sensed that the media’s narrative wasn’t altogether true.
That maybe here was someone who might break open both parties to let the bad air out.

I saw this when riots broke out in my city
and the stories showed so skewed what really happened
that the eyes of my own heart grew wide
as I saw the media overplay their hand.


Remember this,  please,  when you see the fake and scripted protests.
Because seeing out of context is like being dropped into
the middle of a movie and needing questions answered
but no one is telling it true.
Maybe a cruel campaign has played on our wounds
to demonize a ticket that might cleanse the corrupt
from their tidy trenches.

Perhaps the real President elect isn’t the monster the media has painted.
Neither is he a savior –
to be sure, no leader ever is.
Love never chooses perfect people.
I think he will make some messes but move us forward
and as we pray for this administration and hold tight to hope,
our best days can still be ahead.

This campaign wounded us – his words and hers – how reckless each were used,
and in this,  too,  is gift.
We’ve been dragged from the holes where we safe-hid our pain
and exposed to the light that demands that we deal
and when we do,  instead of hurling blame,
healing can happen in otherworldly ways.

Love is always undefeated
and love will make a way.
Don’t give your tender heart to the deception in our streets.


Sometimes what looks like a wolf isn’t at all what our nightmare’s whisper.
Quiet your fears and listen to your spirit.
May all your paths be peace.

“There is no mind so closed as a mind locked into a victim narrative,
nourished by words of hate.”
– L. Wallnau

“You don’t have to live like a refugee.”
– Tom Petty


  1. Elephant's Child on November 13, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Thank you.
    From this side of the world I have been anxiously watching this unfold. Not liking much of what I saw.
    And hope is a fragile flower, but I am nuturing it.

    • jennifer on November 14, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      I love how you watch and care – it’s going to be alright, I believe, even if it’s not all right.
      Big love to you and your beautiful hope,

  2. ladyfi on November 13, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    I hope you are right and that things won’t be as bad as we all fear.

    • jennifer on November 14, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      I hope so, too, Fi. Big, meaty hope:)
      It’s a good time to be alive.
      Thanks for coming by to share,

  3. jeanie on November 14, 2016 at 7:02 am

    I hope you are right and I hope that in time we see beyond the rhetoric. To be honest, I am not sure. But we have what we have. It is up to us to evaluate and work for the change that means the most to us. The change I’m hearing about isn’t my change — at least not the change that the President-elect has proposed. But I must have faith and do what I can to be kind, good, politically proactive and to move the needle with grace and thoughtfulness, be willing to acknowledge that people aren’t always what they seem and perhaps it’s not so bad as I think. (Though the Bannon appointment scares me to the max. That’s the change we don’t need.)

    • jennifer on November 14, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      I think we’re all going to have to walk slow together through these next weeks and breathe deep as we pray and practice kindness.
      I sense so much stirring beneath the rhetoric – I won’t believe anything about appointments until they actually happen and are
      announced by voices that I trust. Things can get chaotic when a large ship makes a turn – we can steady each other along the way.
      Big, big hugs to dear beautiful you,

  4. Kathy on November 14, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Praying for love and peace to win over hate and fear. Praying for honesty to win over lies.

    • jennifer on November 14, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      Me too, friend…..joining you.
      Our prayers are our loudest, clearest and most effective voice.
      No small difference, that.
      Thanks for sharing your heart,

  5. judy Hartman on November 16, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Well, I am hopeful also, but felt a huge disappointment, as many did, last week. My husband, always level-headed, expressed many of the thoughts you have shared here Jennifer, and I am trying to gain perspective and hope for the best. You have a wise, loving heart, and I hope to gain confidence in this president whom others have chosen, and I hope the future of our country will be safe in his hands.

    • Jennifer Richardson on November 17, 2016 at 11:19 am

      I think we’re all disappointed and hurting; it’s why I wrote this post.
      So many feeling voted against; so many others feeling accused of having voting against. I think this is why the silent voters are so silent – because they feel misunderstood as haters while their hearts are far from it. I’ve had much hurled at me just for writing this post. Angry words and slammed doors and unkind speculation.
      I understand deeply the “but you don’t even know me” that many citizens feel.
      As for confidence, I don’t place mine in this President elect or any leader. I trust our safely to bigger, stronger hands and join you in trying to gain perspective and hope for the best. Thanks for joining the conversation, Judy; I appreciate your kind words.

  6. Karen on November 17, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Good words, M’lady! If anyone feels angry or upset at them….it’s them, not you. Spoken, or should I say, “written”, with much though and kindness. Keep it up!

    • jennifer on November 22, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Why thanks, m’lady:)
      I appreciate you. In a forever kind of way:)

  7. Catherine Drea on November 18, 2016 at 4:10 am

    While it’s so important not to feel defeated I can’t help thinking that staying vigilant and engaged is the other side of that coin. Sending you much love, it’s not about winning or losing it’s about sharing love and values and standing up for those. You are doing that so beautifully and fearlessly xxx

    • jennifer on November 22, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Exactly, Catherine. I so agree. Vigilant and engaged – awesome choice of words!
      I appreciate your kind generosity:)
      Thanks for joining the conversation,

  8. Barbara on December 2, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Jennifer, I just say Amen! I think you nailed it.

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