Today I turned 52. I have been around a long time to some. To others, I’m still a child. It was Mark Twain that said, “All men die at 27, we just bury them at 72.” I believe that I am more alive today than I have been in years. I have my reasons:
- I am happily married and living in a part of the world where I truly want to live.
- I am woking in a job that I enjoy and have some great colleagues that I call friends.
- I have learned over the past many years that happiness is not about the money, but more about the adventure.
- I believe that the life of faith is one full of risks and suffering, but both are worth the undertaking.
- I live in a country that continues to surprise me. I had my doubts about who would win this
election, and I still have my concerns that the next four years may get worse than better. But I have hope.
- I have hope because I don’t offer my full allegiance to any one human or human institution. My first allegiance belongs to another Kingdom, and my obedience to one Master. As difficult as that relationship can be at times, it is worth the undertaking.
One of my colleagues in ministry, who is also a friend, is now the United Methodist Bishop of Florida. He shared a prayer for the National Election in the past few weeks. Though it is written with the idea of an upcoming election, I believe it is just as poignant on the day after. It is my prayer for this day:
Almighty and gracious God: