I’m Stumped
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I’m Stumped

Girl Power

I’m going to have more to say about this day, but before that I have to pause for just a moment to say this.

I have had times of serious doubt that the women and girls of this country would ever have someone who looked like them on a winning Presidential ticket. I never had a daughter, but I owe my life, my faith, my education, my career, my children and every other good thing I have in this world to women. And while I will never know their pain, I know that perhaps its greatest antidote is hope.

But how can we hope in a Nation led by a serial abuser of women? How can there be relief from the pain when your entire gender is diminished by our churches, our government and the millions of people who chose power over people?

The “how” is courage and faith and an undying belief that “first” can happen. And now we have a first. And now it is just a little easier to believe that a woman will be president in my wife’s lifetime. And now every little girl that has been growing up in a world telling them they are less can stand just a little taller and listen to the voice that has always been inside of them saying “You Are More!”

This is not about politics or ideology. This is about humanity. Saying that all people are created equal is still an aspirational statement in this country. But it took one large, overdue step toward reality today.

God bless the women who refused to lose hope.

God bless the men brave enough to give up some of the power that was never theirs in the first place.

God bless Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for going first.

And God bless America for finally rewarding the faith of generations.

There is more to be done, but each step in the right direction deserves acknowledgement and celebration.

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Joshua Stump

Joshua Stump

I am a Dad, a husband, a son, a brother, a follower of Jesus, a lawyer, a songwriter, and just generally someone with a lot of strong opinions about stuff.