Today was the inauguration day. It began at 5:00 a.m. and ended around 12 hours later. We knew today would be controversial, tense and thought-provoking at the very least. However, what happened early in the morning gave me pause and made me think about what is really important.
To get into the Capitol Mall, everyone had to go through a security checkpoint. The checkpoint was heavily crowded with people of every political stance. On one side, we had anti-inauguration protesters attempting to barge through the crowd and get to the front in order to achieve the goal of their chant, which was “Block the line!” On the other side, we had Trump supporters who made jokes about feminists and chanted “Build the wall!”
Six of us were in the middle of the chaos where people started getting violent and aggressive towards anyone who did not express their views.
Instead of participating in either chant, we simply decided that it would be a good moment to pray. The six of us gathered in a small circle in the middle of the crowd and prayed for peace, clear minds and safety.
For a brief couple of minutes, our group found peace in the chaos. All of the politics and hatred melted away when we were able to focus on what was important. God’s love for us and the comfort that he has a plan for each of us that is more important than politics.
Today was trying, but I was comforted by our morning prayer.