The Day After the Election

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:

You are the source of every blessing,
The judge of every nation
And the hope of earth and heaven:
We pray to you on the eve of this important national election.
Call to mind the best that is within us:
That we live under God
That we are indivisible,
That out of many, we are one,
That liberty and justice extend to all.
We acknowledge the sin that runs through our history as a nation:
The displacement of native peoples,
the disregard for life,
racial injustice,
economic inequity,
regional separation.
And yet we profess a deep and abiding gratitude
for the goodness of ordinary people who have made sacrifices,
who have sought opportunities,
who have journeyed to this land as immigrants
and strengthened its promise in successive generations,
who have found freedom on these shores,
and defended this freedom at tremendous cost.
Be with us in the days that are near.
Remind us that your ways are not our ways,
that your power and might transcend every nation,
that you are not mocked.
Let those who follow your Son Jesus Christ be a peaceable people
in the midst of division.
Give us a passion for peace, justice and freedom
that breaks down walls of political partisanship.
Grant us wisdom,
grant us courage
for the facing of this hour
and the living of these days.
Amen.

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