For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory.
Psalms 84:11a NLT
Sun pushed through clouds warming the air. Clothes blew in the breeze. Shadows danced over ground.
I went about my ordinary day as if the world was not holding it’s collective breath. It was a conscious choice. The chipping away at hearts had worn me thin, leaving me weary.
Trouble was, it was not just any other day. It was election day~2016. Some would call it a pivotal moment in history. History waited with baited breath. One then another and another, trampled over their fellow man with words and deeds. Ugliness spewed, and left me shamed. Is this how we treat one another? I am no better. Though I didn’t voice it, I thought it.
It is certainly not the model Jesus left us with.
“I was hungry and you gave me no meal, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was homeless and you gave me no bed, I was shivering and you gave me no clothes, sick and in prison, and you never visited.
He will answer them, “I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me-you failed to do it to me.” ~Matthew 25:42-43,&45 MSG
My prayer today, on the morning after, is this:
That we can see beyond our vote, beyond the results, whether you may think they are right or wrong.
That we may give one another grace.
That I might reach for your hand and you would reach for mine. Together, with differing opinions, we can still stand shoulder to shoulder and back to back.
That we may see the least of these, share of ourselves in their need.
That we may clothe ourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility. gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for one another’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends us.
That our words today, and in the days to come would be filtered through these things.
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