This morning, I lay in bed beside my three year old as my husband explained to my five year old in the next room that you will be our next president.
Our oldest son has watched you closely these past months. He has called you a bully, a man with a hateful attitude.
But here we are, and congratulations to you.
Please know that a fire has been lit.
It has been lit by children who refuse to be bullied and parents who want to see a healthy world for their little ones, a world where minorities and females and the poor can also rise to the leadership positions and change things.
I am a worship leader at an LGBT-affirming church; I am a Native American; I am an author, a homeschooling mother, a wife of a PhD student.
And a fire has been lit in me.
This morning I lay with my oldest son in my bed. We cuddled before we started the day and I reminded him of the power of a phone call.
We’ve called Obama a few times these last few weeks to ask him to stop the pipeline in North Dakota, and my boy’s voice was recorded and his words sent on to a listening president.
Now I’m asking you to be that listening ear in the coming years, because Mr. Trump, if things go awry, he will be calling you.
And if things are all as they should be, he will still be calling, because he is a citizen of a country that is held steady by its future– the children.
Mr. Trump, listen to the children.
And know that we will be praying for you.
We will be praying that every morning when you rise from your bed and every night when you go to sleep and all the moments in between, you’ll be seeking shalom in your leadership.
I don’t want to see you at my church, or at a pulpit with a bible in your hand. I don’t want to hear you proclaiming God’s good will in sending you to our great nation as a prophet-leader.
I want to see you doing the things that Jesus did.
Eating with the outcast.
Caring for the poor, widowed, orphaned.
Embracing all the other.
Creating equal rights.
Becoming a peacemaker.
Mr. Trump, that fire was lit under Jesus, too.
It’s a fire of justice, grace, and Kingdom, and I’m praying you find it in your early days of leadership and carry it as a humble torch through the next four years.
And please remember who’s watching.
And keep your phone line open.
A citizen who stands for many of things you’ve spoken against.