We know these kids aren't coming up with these over used slogans on their own. They are like little Yakbacks that pick up on every adult everywhere and walk in to my room ready to share the things you never wanted them to with the whole class.
First, ONCE OUR GOD DIED AND YET WE ARE AN EASTER PEOPLE. Please, don't forget to spread hope to people around you today, especially those younger than you. I can promise they are listening and repeating your attitude, your word choice, and even the media they see you choose. It's literally like they retweet what you say and change the culture without you knowing it. Make sure you give them messages of hope and faith to spread. Our Church has seen some pretty freaking awful times and not one saint was known as such for being grim and gloomy.
Why do so many people love New Years Eve (besides the parties and drinks)? It's because they look back on the good of the last year and breathe in optimism about the new one. It's a night filled with gratitude for the past and hope for the future. It's definitely not based on anything but our own resolution to make the next year great, and to bring change to our lives. So why spend tonight in desperation to hear who might change our country? Rather, let's teach our children to look at tonight as a way to make resolutions for the next four years to make a change in whatever areas we feel passionate about. Show our young people that living in a more pro-life country doesn't disproportionately depend on government, but on our day to day actions. If you wanted a pro-life president because you wanted a more pro-life country then sit down and come up with concrete resolutions of things you have control over that you can do in the next four years to make that happen. If you wanted a president that cares for the immigrants in our country then write down what YOU will do in the next four years for people in your own community.
This is really is an appropriate night for some prudent disappointment and healthy fear for what a president can affect in our country. However, we can never let that turn into despair, division, or bitterness. Treat tonight as you would New Years Eve and look back with gratitude, ahead with hope, and make some new resolutions to back up what you wrote on that ballot today. Show yourself and your children that we are an Easter people in any age and we have the power to bring hope and goodness into any situation.