In the United States, we are experiencing our quadannual national election involving the President. Yes, there are other State office holders, but the focus nationally, and across the world, is upon the office of the President.
Other past decade or more, the United States has become deeply partisan, deeply divided. Conspiracy theories and threats of armed riots abound. People are angry, fearful, and afraid. Well, some are anyway. Many of us are just happy to see the election over so we can start 2016.
Anyway, I am hoping that some of us will continue in prayer today.
Does prayer really work? Sure, on a few different levels. Prayer reminds us to be humble and prayer forces us to remember others above ourselves. To that end, I was thinking last night about the prayers that should be on my lips today.
My secretary is among the hundreds of thousands of poll workers today meant to ensure fair and equal elections. Let us pray for these nameless faces. Let us pray for the county voting officials, the Secretary of States of the 50 states, and for those who are poll watchers. Let us pray that they will remain honest and stead fast as they prepare the table to serve the single American sacrament.
Let us pray for the campaign workers, many of who have spent years preparing for this, working long hours, connecting to the campaigns in a way we cannot fully understand. Let us pray for the campaign managers that tomorrow, when this is over and they return home — really return home — they will find peace, whether lose or win.
Let us pray for the voters who are suffering in several states voter suppression. This is a cold day in some parts of the country and yet they will vote. I pray for their protection and sternness of will.
Let us pray for all those who running today, that they will freely accept the will of the people.
Let us pray for presidential candidates. The loser must judge his words carefully so as to not incite a riot. The winner must not be too eager to seek praise. Let these two men remember that this country is far bigger, far better, far more important than their bruised egos, their puffed up pride.
Let us pray for one another, our neighbors who vote differently, our children, and our soldiers.