Love Overcomes

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. – Romans 13:8

We must continue to love each other. Protests have broken out across the country because of the election. Their slogan is “Love trumps hate.” Of course, it’s a play on words, but it has a deeper meaning as well. In bridge and some other card games, one suit is designated as trump, and cards from that suit carry special powers to take tricks and defeat cards from other suits. This is called “trumping” as a verb. So “love trumps hate” means that love overcomes or defeats hate, with the obvious pun adding an additional layer of meaning. We must remember this in the coming months and years. No matter what happens under this new president, love conquers all. We will survive. We survived the Bush years. We survived, more or less, the Reagan years. We will survive the Trump years.

When it comes time to protest his policies, remember that “for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” I’m not calling for a rebellion, but I am saying that love is above the law. The Civil Rights Movement often sand the song, “We Shall Overcome.” And we shall overcome this too.

We shall overcome, we shall overcome,
We shall overcome someday;
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We shall overcome someday.

The Lord will see us through, The Lord will see us through,
The Lord will see us through someday;
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We shall overcome someday.

We’re on to victory, We’re on to victory,
We’re on to victory someday;
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We’re on to victory someday.

We’ll walk hand in hand, we’ll walk hand in hand,
We’ll walk hand in hand someday;
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We’ll walk hand in hand someday.

We are not afraid, we are not afraid,
We are not afraid today;
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We are not afraid today.

The truth shall make us free, the truth shall make us free,
The truth shall make us free someday;
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
The truth shall make us free someday.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

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