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October 22 Devotion
Rev. Linda Williams
As I was driving to an appointment this week, marveling at all the roadside political signs, one in particular caught my attention and made me crane my neck to make sure I saw it correctly. There it was…planted in someone’s front yard. It read – JESUS 2020. It was politically correct; it included the colors of both parties. Frankly, it was most refreshing. I’ve also enjoyed a local TV station’s effort to give us all a break from political ads by running a brief “ad” that shows people just simply dancing and taking a break from it all.
But regardless of our plans of how or when or for whom to vote, we won’t find Jesus as an option on any ballot. But Jesus is always there in our hearts and available to grace us with wisdom as we vote and make our many choices. So I share a prayer written by Jill Duffield and published in Presbyterian Outlook four years ago. A prayer as relevant today as it was then.
Almighty God, as people go to the polls, we pray first and foremost for peace. May the sense of community and connection be greater than any division or difference, no matter how entrenched. Knowing we will vote in schools, churches, synagogues, and other communal gathering places, may our commitment to care for one another grow as we stand in lines, talk to our neighbors and recognize we have more in common than we often realize. May we show one another kindness and respect, today and in the days to come.
We thank you for the freedom to vote our conscience, of which you alone are Lord. After this election, we are keenly aware that even if the political rhetoric fades the acrimony it highlighted will remain. Grant us the courage to step into the breaches and not shrink back into our enclaves of homogeneity. Send your Spirit to drive us to the places where you are already working to bring reconciliation. Remind us relentlessly that you are greater than every category we devise, more powerful than any estrangement we have created, eternal, ever present and always calling forth justice, peace and abundant life. Show us today and everyday how to live in the love of Jesus Christ, the perfect love that casts out fear. Amen.
— Rev. Linda Williams
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