With our elections today, I want to pause and pass on some humble words of perspective that one of my seminary professors passed onto me:
Whoever wins the election today, we can rest assure that God will still be in control, that our hope is still in Him, and that He still wants each of us to act as His ambassadors, bringing His light to all the dark places of society, bringing His hope to those in despair, bringing His love to all the people who feel depressed and lost and alone. Christ continues to ask all of us to act as peacemakers in the midst of our divisive society!
Let us pray for wisdom and discernment for all the people in our America nation as they go to vote. Let us pray for humility and a spirit of repentance, asking for God’s mercy and forgiveness for our own pride and arrogance. May we ask for His mercy for all the ways that we have contributed to the division and divisive spirit of our nation. May we ask for His forgiveness for the ways we have judged and condemned others. May we seek His forgiveness for the ways we have created idols out of our politicians and political entities. May our deepest prayer simply be “Lord, have mercy on our country and on each one of us!”
Along that same vein, I received an ordination gift for Holy Resurrection from anonymous donor of a full size icon of St. Herman of Alaska. The donor stressed that again during the challenges our country faces, it is essential that we continue to ask for aid, support, and intercession from those saints that lived on our soil. St. Herman and many others are, in a way, are our countries patrons so let us entreat them fervently for God's mercy and guidance during this time.