Dear sweet baby Jesus,

I am a child of the 1980’s and with that came Nancy Reagan and the first lady’s campaign of “Just Say NO” this was about the “war on drugs” of course, which caused more hard than good, but for millions of elementary school students we learned to deflect peer pressure and say no to drugs.

She also taught us that abstinence was the only way and that if you have sex even once you will get pregnant, and well… you know how I feel about that.

Truth is, at the end of the day, the slogan has stuck.

And here we are, 30 years later and I find myself hearing these words over and over again.

I’m saying no to politicians and my government who wants to take away rights and alienate people. I’m saying no to times when reading about it and hearing the news of the latest lies makes me hopeless and despair.

I’m saying no to the world who draws me farther and farther from you.

Be with me, be with us, because I need to just say no for sanity’s sake, and say yes, to your call. Amen.


The Reverend Shannon Meacham is the mother of two exhausting children Maggie and Gus, and she currently serves Ashland Presbyterian Church in the safest part of Baltimore, the suburbs. You can find her musings about any and all subjects on her personal blog

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