From Pastor Jim
“I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
The election is now behind us, possibly the most bitterly divisive in our lifetime. The voters have spoken, and many are delighted at the outcome. Many others are deeply disappointed and fearful for the future. This would have been true no matter which presidential candidate won. We remain a divided and anxious nation. How do we respond as people of faith?
First, as people of faith, we need to pray for the president-elect, Donald Trump, and for those who found in him an outlet for their dreams for a better life — and their frustrations with what is amiss. Pray that he may be the president of all the people and that he will work to unite us, not divide us. Pray for Hillary Clinton, her family, and those who were inspired by her ground-breaking campaign as the first woman to be nominated for president by a major party. Pray for the nation and the world and all our leaders.
This election was more than about candidates or their campaigns. The election was about how we govern ourselves as a free people, and how we shape our nation and the world into a better place for our children and their children.
As people of faith, we need to be instruments of healing, binding the wounds of this land. More than ever, we must live out our baptismal covenant to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” We must protect the most vulnerable, listen for the cries of the voiceless and forgotten, and break down the barriers that divide us. The election is over, but our work of discipleship is not.
I’d ask that you join with me in the “Prayer For the Human Family,” found in our prayer book on page 815:
“O God, you made us in your image and redeemed us through Jesus Christ your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggles and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.