Election Day is here. Ordinarily, I would end that sentence with an exclamation point. Usually, I wake up on Election Day with a heart full of excitement and gratitude to live in a country where we enjoy a free and peaceful opportunity to choose leaders for our local, state, and federal government. While I do feel that gratitude today, still I confess that I’m on edge. I’m hopeful, but also anxious and even a little fearful.
I’m guessing that I’m not alone; many of you probably share these feelings today. Our country is struggling with the challenges of polarization, with even the most good-natured among us fighting back the impulse to demonize others and assume the worst. Spiritually speaking, these are tough times.
Today, on this Election Day, I want you to know that God is with you, and your pastors are praying for you. If you are angry or anxious, determined, hopeful, or just plain exhausted, God meets you today in the midst of turbulent times. Isaiah’s words are an anchor for me, and I hope they are for you, too:
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
Whatever happens, tomorrow will come, and God will still be with us.
Time of Prayer on Wednesday, November 7
We’ve decided to open the Murchison Chapel tomorrow for a time to gather, have fellowship, and pray for all that is to come: for those elected and those celebrating, for those most impacted by their decisions, for those disappointed. After a long, tumultuous campaign season, we’ll take a moment to find our center again in God. You are most welcome to come and begin gathering at 11:00 a.m. in Murchison Chapel (the building next door to the Sanctuary Building). Pastor Cathy and I will lead a brief service of prayer from 11:30 to 11:45 a.m.. Whether you are heavy with burden or light with thanksgiving tomorrow, we invite you to gather with fellow followers of Christ as we offer ourselves to God.
May God’s blessing be upon our country this day.