Devotion provided by Pastor Wendy Moen of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alexandria, VA.
We are people of faith and we engage in politics. Speech matters. In person and in print. In memes and shouted from a stage. A record number of votes were cast in this election. That is good. What remained constant all week and remains constant always, is that God is still God: God of the past, the present and the future. Most of the votes have been counted and it appears that we have a new president and vice president. Some are elated. Others are not. Be gentle with one another these days. Pray for one another. Pray for our nation. Pray for elected leaders everywhere. Pray for those leaving office. Be wise: when you are ready, whether that is today, tomorrow or a week from now, let us be about the task of bridging the divide(s) brought into sharp focus by this election. Let us pray to be open to God’s interventions now and always.
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18
- Use the THINK acronym when speaking and posting: are your words Thoughtful, Honest, Intelligent, Necessary and Kind?
- How can we as Church lead, leaving no one out or behind, in these times?
Prayer: A Prayer for Reconciliation
Where there is separation,
there is pain,
And where there is pain,
there is story.
And where there is story,
there is understanding,
and not listening.
May we–separated peoples, estranged strangers,
unfriended families, divided communities–
turn toward each other,
and turn toward our stories,
with argument and acceptance,
with challenge, change,
Because if God is to be found,
God will be found
in the space
— Padraig O’Tuama, from Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community, a center for conflict resolution in Northern Ireland.