After the Election
November 9, 2018, 10:22 AM

I suspect the election period just passed was hard on most folks, no matter whether or how we voted.  We are, as you know quite well, in a time when political speech has become tainted with acute hostility and disrespect for those of other views.  There are dire warnings by pundits and would-be prophets about the future of our civil society and even our political system. 

I want to urge you to remain faithful, to continue to strive to love God and neighbor (and we all know that Jesus' definition of "neighbor" was not limited to our friends, but also extended to just about everyone, liked or not).  I also want to urge you to practice self-care, to find ways to feed your soul, restore your spirit, tend your body, so that you may find some peace in all the crazy.

And, finally, I would urge you to pray for our country, for its leaders, for the people (those who "have" and those who "have not"), and for God's good grace to fill all our hearts to an overflowing abundance of mercy and grace.

O God, give me strength to live another day; Let me not turn coward before its difficulties or prove disinclined to its duties; Let me not lose faith in other people; Keep me sweet and sound of heart, in spite of ingratitude, treachery, or meanness; Preserve me from minding little stings or giving them; Help me to keep my heart clean, and to live so honestly and fearlessly that no outward failure can dishearten me or take away the joy of conscious integrity; Open wide the eyes of my soul that I may see good in all things; Grant me this day some new vision of your truth; Inspire me with the spirit of joy and gladness; and make me the cup of salvation to suffering souls; in the name of the strong Deliverer, our only Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
                   (This prayer is from Forward Movement.)