This election has stretched my ability to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.
I did my regular grocery shopping at Walmart yesterday (in a rural area of central PA). I noticed that everyone was smiling and chatting more freely. I accidentally bumped into a man who looked like he belonged to the cast of Duck Dynasty. He replied jovially with a twinkle in his eye: “That’s what shopping is all about, being out and bumping into others.” He struck up a friendly conversation with my daughter sitting in the shopping cart. At the checkout line, I asked the lady if it was me or did everyone seem more relaxed now that the election is over. She replied, “There’s no question about it!” The joy and relief were palpable.
This weekend I also spoke with friends from other parts of the country, weeping for the vulnerable in this country, who now feel even more so. I talked with a friend who knows too well the personal pain of having more experience, but being passed up for a position for a less-qualified male. And still another friend who worried about the environment for the sake of his children and grandchildren.
Regardless of whether you are celebrating or singing a broken Halleluiah (or if you are not really all that moved by the election): God’s love in me sees God’s love for you and I am praying for the whole country. Please join me in prayer and look for ways to support your concerns in ways that go beyond your vote for one party or the other. I pray that we refuse to be lukewarm about Christ, for we are all in need of God’s grace.
I can’t read God’s words to the church in Laodicea without feeling personally convicted:
I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing., not realizing you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and him with me.-Revelation 3:15-20
Some days it’s easy for me to forget how badly in need of God’s grace I am. It’s never easy to hear these words: “You are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked”—All true without Christ in my life! When I read the words: “Behold I stand at the door and knock,” I think how often I tune God out in the busyness of my life. I’m grateful for Bible journaling as a way to commune with God!