Greetings in the name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
This week is, without a doubt, one week each one of us will remember for the rest of our lives. Now, let's get back to the work Christ has called us to. For us, who believe the Spirit is active in the world, it is ok to be disappointed or happy, but what is more important (at least as I see it) is what we do with that feeling.
I thought it was an important enough event in our life together to hold a special liturgy to pray for our nation after election. Although I was joined by just a small number of parishioners, we spent our time in silence, thought, prayer and believing that, as St. Julian teaches us, "All will be well, all shall be well, all matters of things shall be well." We celebrated the Eucharist and then went out into the world charged with proclaiming Christ's love. This does not mean only to those who think like us but proclaiming Christ's love to ALL people.
I know our nation will be well, challenging times have laid ahead for all leaders and presidents of our great nation. Sometimes those leaders have asked for the Spirit to guide them and sometimes the Spirit just jumped in and provided guidance...at least that is how this believer of our resurrected Savior believes it. So rest well, continue advocating for what Christ and the Spirit is calling you to do and remember that "All will be well".
Our Presiding Bishop put out a message on Election Day that rings true today and every day. I share it here!
Twenty-five years ago Robert Fulghum published a book,
All I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, and in that book he talked about the kinds of things we learned as children, especially in kindergarten:
Clean up your own mess.
Don't hit people.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
We learned those as children, and those were lessons for life.
I remember as a child, and I suspect you learned as well, the words of the Pledge of Allegiance. Listen to those words again:
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
That Pledge of Allegiance and those words were taught to us as children, but they're meant for us as adults and as a country.
We will elect a president. We will elect officer holders. Some will be Republicans. Some will be Democrats. Some will be Independents. But that will be the democratic process. That's how we govern ourselves in our country, and we will all live with the results of those elections, but we will all live together as fellow Americans, as citizens. And so the time will come, to bind up our wounds, to overcome our differences, to reconcile with each other, to reach out to those who differ with us, and to be Americans.
One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
And an America like that will truly be a shining city upon a hill.
And so a prayer that I also learned as a little child, the words of James Weldon Johnson:
God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who has brought us thus far on our way;
Thou who has by Thy might,
Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God where we met Thee,
Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;
Shadowed beneath Thy hand,
May we forever stand,
True to our God,
And true to our native land.
God bless you, God keep you, and reach out in love to your fellow citizens.
See ya Sunday!
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