As a little girl I loathed Election Day. We didn’t have cable ~ meaning there wasn’t such a thing ~ and the only channels we got were the three local ones and PBS. On this day it was election coverage ALL. DAY. LONG. My Grandfather sat glued to the T.V. for hours on end. He argued with the announcers and would holler for Mamma, my Granny, to come sit and watch history in the making. It was one of the few nights he would stay up past his regular bedtime because he wanted to know what kind of world he would be facing in the morning.
My vote has been cast and as of the time of this writing we do not know who will hold the highest office in our country. Some will be mourning. Some celebrating. Some will be angry. Some ecstatic. Some will be fearful. Some relieved. While every manner of emotion will be felt, I think we all can agree this has been the oddest election yet.
I was outside walking around today, breathing in some fall air and thinking about this election cycle. Praying through some thoughts and for some people when I looked up and noticed this…
When everything around her was dead and ugly, there she stood, blooming in the middle of it. That’s how I want to be. This election season has been nothing but grisly. The vitriol, the hatred towards someone of differing opinion, the unkindness and name calling…it’s all uncalled for. Especially for those of us who say we are believers.
Stop it. Just stop.
We the people got to speak by casting votes. It is done. Maybe you, like my Grandfather, are wondering what kind of world we’re now facing. I don’t know what our future holds but I know the One who holds the future and He has a few ideas as to what we the people can do.
Instead of PANIC can we PRAY?
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (1Timothy 2:1-2)
God knows whoever steps into the shoes of the presidency has much work to do just to get this nation back on track so we can once again say ONE nation under God. Everyone in authority needs our prayers, not just those we voted for or whom we like.
A house divided will not stand…what happens when it’s a whole country? We ask God to heal our land, it’s a mountain sized prayer for sure. What if healing our land looks like getting rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice? (Ephesians 4:31)
The healing of our great land starts with the healing of our hurtful and hurting hearts.
I’m asking Him to start with me. Will you do it? Will you ask God to start with you?
Instead of FEAR have FAITH.
The sun will rise and set. The darkness will give way to the stars. The oceans will ebb and flow. All at the command of the One who does not change but remains the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
For that I am thankful.
God isn’t afraid because of who’s in power. He’s not panicked because a certain candidate won or lost. Ultimately the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases. (Proverbs 21:1)
I’m placing my faith in the Highest Authority.
No matter who holds the highest office of the United States, I will go to church Sunday, take communion with my brothers and sisters of differing opinions and worship the One who holds us in the palm of His hand.
Instead of FUELING the fire with HATE, can we KINDLE it with KINDNESS?
If your candidate won don’t gloat for goodness sake. Nobody likes a sore loser but a sore winner is even worse. We’re still a mess and no matter who won they are imperfect and will make mistakes.
Being nasty to your neighbor doesn’t solve anything. And it needs to stop. Today.
Not sure where to begin? How about right here…
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)
One kind word. One kind act. It starts with you. It starts with me. It ripples from there.
Be the bloom in the middle of messy!
I adore you all!