One great thing working with young people has taught me is optimism. When you take a hungry, barefoot kid and give him lunch, shoes, and a school uniform, a magical transformation happens that lifts his/her spirit, if not his/her soul. Updating one of my previous sermons, it is evident this past election does not spell the end, but is a throwback, an adolescent revolt, for a large number of people who must act out before they come to understand that there is no turning back. Ultimately, we all have to learn to take responsibility not just for ourselves, but for each other. I’m hopeful.