Love. Pray. Vote.
O God, it is your will to hold both earth and heaven in a single peace. Let the design of your great love shine on the waste of our wraths and sorrows, and give peace to your Church, peace among the nations, peace in our homes, and peace in our hearts. Amen.
The election approaches and with it, a kind of chaos and rancor that is unprecedented. How are we called to follow Christ in this time? I have had proponents of both parties text or call me to tell me that I am not doing enough to express their fervor. Why am I not hanging banners from the Cathedral? Why do I not pray for political outcomes in the worship service?
Our greatest enemy is not the opposite political party. Our greatest enemy is the idea that we could be totally right and the other totally wrong. Our greatest enemy is the pride that comes with certainty. It is when we cease to listen to those with whom we disagree that we enter dangerous waters. And both sides are guilty of this kind of hubris. It is fueled by the media, and it is dangerous.
Instead of joining in the fray of discord, I encourage you to do two simple things…
- Pray. Always pray. And don’t just make requests of God. Listen. Watch and Listen. Pray for peace and for a civil democratic election. Pray for this country and for an end to the pandemic.
- Vote. I know it is hard. But get out there and make a choice. It is a gift to be able to vote, and it does make a difference.
Attached are prayers for the 2020 election season. Please join me in using them. And then, let us place ourselves and this entire country safely into the hands of God.
May God’s blessing rest upon you in this election season.
In Christ’s love,
The Cathedral Formation and Spirituality Council offers this devotional resource as the faithful engage in the 2020 general election campaign. Our one nation under God is struggling. People are fee...