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Fifty years ago, Jimmy Carter ran for governor of Georgia against segregationist Lester Maddox — and lost. He fell into an angry depression; as he said in 2001, “I felt I had been betrayed by God, that he had let a racist beat me.”

Carter recovered only after his sister Ruth helped him regain his faith. She quoted the Christian Bible’s book of James: “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

I’m no Christian, but I hope that those of us who opposed Donald Trump can rise above our post-election depression as Carter did, with renewed strength and a chance to reach greater heights than ever.

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