Brothers and Sisters,
Regardless of your political opinion, this week has been epic with the election of Donald Trump as our next president.
Many who supported Secretary Clinton are mad about the outcome.
Many who supported Mr. Trump were mad about the direction of the country, and voted for a different outcome.
Irrespective of why we are mad, the question today is, “What do you do with the mad that you feel?”
In 1968, America was mad!
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated.
The war in Vietnam was raging, with young Americans being killed by the hundreds weekly.
American Cities were aflame – there were riots in Detroit, New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Kansas City, and Wilmington.
Fred Rogers, the beloved host of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, wrote a song that attempted to put the madness of 1968 into context for children of the day.
I present this song in hopes that all of us, regardless of our side of the divide in this election, we will learn what to do with the mad that we may feel.
Peace, Grace and Love
Your Brother In Christ
What do you do with the mad that you feel?
Written by Fred Rogers | © 1968 Fred M. Rogers
What do you do with the mad that you feel
When you feel so mad you could bite?
When the whole wide world seems oh, so wrong…
And nothing you do seems very right?
What do you do? Do you punch a bag?
Do you pound some clay or some dough?
Do you round up friends for a game of tag?
Or see how fast you go?
It’s great to be able to stop
When you’ve planned a thing that’s wrong,
And be able to do something else instead
And think this song:
I can stop when I want to
Can stop when I wish
I can stop, stop, stop any time.
And what a good feeling to feel like this
And know that the feeling is really mine.
Know that there’s something deep inside
That helps us become what we can.
For a girl can be someday a woman
And a boy can be someday a man.