We Will Rise

This week of the Presidential inauguration we begin the book of Exodus, in which we read that a new king arose over Egypt—a king who did not know Joseph (Exodus 1:8). 

A new king arose over Egypt who did not know empathy, who was not interested in seeking understanding.  A new king arose who demonized others and ruled through intimidation, oppression and fear.

The book of Exodus tells us that as the new king took power there also arose strong, courageous women who would not be intimidated.  These women changed the course of history.

The midwives, Shifra and Puah, were instructed by Pharaoh to kill all the male children born to Hebrew women. Acting with clarity and courage, the midwives defied these orders and made sure the children lived.

The daughter of Pharaoh knew of the decree but refused to let hatred or fear guide her.  She saved the life of a young Hebrew boy and raised him to adulthood.

Miriam, not letting herself be daunted by oppressive laws, stood on the shores of the river and made sure that her baby brother would be safe.

In our time,

A new leader is arising.

And he has shown the world his hardened heart.

Let us be courageous, bold and strong.

Let us rise

And act for justice, for dignity, for life.

At times the way forward will be uncertain,

The challenges will be daunting.

And we will feel discouraged and afraid.

But we will choose love.

We will join together.

We will stand on kindness.

And we will care for each other again and again and again.

A new leader is arising.

And with the strength of all those who came before,

And with a promise to all those who will come in our wake,

We are rising as well.