Well, it has been a long, long, long, long, long, long, long, exceedingly long campaign season. At least four years, right? That’s what it feels like to me. Now it is nearly over. As I begin this post it is about 24 hours until the last mainland polls will close. Then there will be the anxious waiting as votes are counted. Last poll I saw had the candidates very close. A lot depends on those swing states.
[And the Lord said,] “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” (2 Chr 7:14)
Our land needs healed, Lord. We have strayed so far from righteous living. Sometimes it is hard not to fall into despair. Your word tells us that all governments have been placed in power by You (Rom. 13:1). You have a purpose and a plan. But sometimes it’s hard to see any purpose or plan to some of the laws in our land, to the choices made by so many.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, Your Majesty can be sure that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” (Dan. 3:16-18)
Lord, no matter the results of the election come Wednesday morning, no matter the decisions made by the government or individuals, I will worship and praise You. I will trust in You. I will not serve anyone but You. And I will not live in fear, no matter how dark things might seem. Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me. Your rod and Your staff protect and comfort me. And You have not given Your children a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Have mercy on this nation, Lord, but above all else, Your will be done. Amen.
Via a Facebook friend (Susan Wiggs), I was reminded of the blessings found in keeping a gratitude journal, something I have done in the past but it’s been awhile. So although I’m starting a few days late, I’m going to keep a gratitude journal on Write Thinking through the month of November. Each day I plan to write down three things I’m thankful for. Feel free to take the suggestion to your own blog or to visit here each day to add your thanks to mine.
- I’m thankful for my mom. Her love and her prayers have been a constant throughout my life. I’m blessed that she is still with me at the age of 94 years and 9 months.
- I’m thankful for my lovely patio home. Downsizing has had its challenges but it has its rewards as well.
- I’m thankful I won’t have to see anymore election ads on TV until the next election rolls around.
How about you?