NO MORE AIRTIME, MR. TRUMP!

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The time for Donald Trump’s airtime is over! In my life, I have no available airtime for him, and I wish the media would follow my example. I’ve heard enough of his rants and tweets. I’ve heard enough of his incendiary speech. I’ve heard enough of his indiscriminate name-calling. I’ve heard enough of his lying. I’ve heard more than enough of his disrespectful, hate-filled, divisive rhetoric. More than enough!

My soul will no longer give Donald Trump airtime. Why? Because often my responses to hearing him were anger, disgust, self righteousness and even hate. And those emotions darken my soul. Those emotions do not belong in my soul at all, because they have a way of displacing love, compassion, gentleness, peace, hope, light and grace — all the good emotions that God plants in the soul through Spirit breath.

I think of the beloved hymn . . .

Holy Spirit, breathe on me until my heart is clean.
Let sunshine fill my inmost parts with not a cloud between.

Breathe on me, breathe on me, Holy Spirit, breathe on me; 
Take Thou my heart, cleanse every part,
Holy Spirit breathe on me. 

— Words by Edwin Hatch, Music by B.B. McKinney

In these days of harmful politics, racial injustice, coronavirus fear and isolation, I need a Spirit-cleansing of my heart and soul. God has been ready to begin the cleansing for a while now. God has heard my repentant prayers admitting anger and hatred. God has waited patiently for me to embrace the stillness that can begin to heal my soul. 

Stillness! Stillness longing for healing. Stillness whispering words of repentance. Stillness yearning for calm. Stillness seeking peace. Stillness waiting in solitude for the presence of the Healer of the Soul.

I’m going there — to that place of solitude where one can breathe slower, sigh deeper, listen attentively to the whisper of God and the breath of the Spirit. I’m going to solitude’s “luminous warmth” as John O’Donohue’s poem in which he describes the soul as the divine space. 

There is a lantern in the soul, which makes your solitude luminous. 
Solitude need not remain lonely. It can awaken to its luminous warmth. 

The soul redeems and transfigures everything
because the soul is the divine space. 

When you inhabit your solitude fully and experience its outer extremes of isolation and abandonment, you will find that, at its heart, there is neither loneliness nor emptiness but intimacy and shelter.

― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

Right now, in the midst of the disheartening mood of the year 2020, I am entering the solitude I desperately need so that I can experience my soul as the divine space it is. 

Politicians, continue your rancor in loud and powerful voice! I will not hear you from my place of solitude, from my soul’s divine space. And as for you, Mr. Trump, I have no further airtime for you. I refuse to sit in front of my television for another minute, anticipating — hoping — that you will finally say or do something appropriate, beneficial, worthwhile, productive, compassionate or kind.

Instead, I will change the channel to more soul-healing television. In fact, I will leave the television altogether and go to a better place, higher ground where peace and silence and reverence and awe can begin the holy work of healing my soul. I am taking a sacred pause from my life that has been so anxious and worried and isolated. I will wait there in that sacred space where my “soul redeems and transfigures everything.” Thanks be to God.

8 thoughts on “NO MORE AIRTIME, MR. TRUMP!

  1. Perhaps if your post hadn’t begun with such judgments of our President, I could have taken in the rest of your words re: cleansing, solitude, and rest. Instead, I come away saddened even more by the division and hatred that is so rampant right now. God, help us! Set our hearts and minds on You. May our words bring healing and unity. Fill us with Yourself, with Your love, Your Truths. In Jesus’ strong name, amen.

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    • I understand your feelings about this. I felt that I had to begin there because that is the specific place in my life that I need to care for. Part of this post shares my need to admit the places in my life that need solitude, contemplation, peace and repentance.

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  2. I completely comprehend where you are coming from. Mean spirited tweets and tweeters can bring out the worst in us. I think all of our souls are in need of healing and restoration, some quietness and rest after the brutality of the Trump years.

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    • I agree, Shirley. We know deep in our souls that loving others as we love ourselves is our mandate, but I often find myself sidelined by mean-spirited rhetoric. I allow it, I know, to provoke me and create in me the same sense of rancor I hear. We truly do need a hard stop and then a beginning again that leads towards love, respect and kindness.

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  3. President Trump’s brand is giving permission to ugly speech, cruelty and divisiveness. Avoiding listening to him is a way to be more peaceful. Loving people who are persuaded by him is my cutting edge.

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