The Morning After The Election

Greetings everyone.

I wrote today’s devotion last night when the results of today’s election were not known. This morning I shared a message with our congregation via Facebook. (Which kind of goes against the grain for me since I have been largely ignoring Facebook since July.) But it is a wonderful communication tool. So here is the message that I sent to our beautiful folks at Faith Lutheran Church:

Here we are, the morning after the election. Some people are thrilled and others are devastated – which is the inevitable result of every election. This morning is a good time to pray, just as every morning is a good time to pray.
So let us pray for the health, well-being, wisdom, and judgment of President Elect Trump and all who were chosen by the people to serve the people. Let us pray for an orderly and peaceful transition as the results of the election work their way throughout our entire governance system in the weeks and months to come.
Let us pray for those who feel like their deepest hopes and fears were both dashed and celebrated in this election.
And let us pray that, no matter which ways the winds of culture blow, we might do our part in our own little corner of the garden, to follow Jesus in blessing the world with the kind of faith that really works in our daily lives, the hope that tomorrow will be better because of what God is doing today, and the love that binds up the brokenness of hearts, minds, bodies, and lives.
This morning my mind keeps going back to the words of that beautiful prayer from St. Francis:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

2 Responses to “The Morning After The Election”


    Amen, amen, amen!

  2. Dave Aemstrong Says:

    Excellent thoughts and just what I needed today!!!

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