Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Pray for Our President - Pray for Our Country

It was with a very heavy heart that I was unable to contribute to history by voting for a black person to be president. I think it is wonderful that our nation has come this far in its growth in recognizing that people of all races are equally deserving of respect.

At the same time that we have grown in this way, we don't seem to have grown as a nation in recognizing that a person who has not yet been born is also as deserving of respect as anyone else.

It was for this issue, as well as others, that I had to "vote my conscience". I had to vote according to the issues, not according to my long-time desire for racial equality and recognition in our county.

So what now? What about the rights of the unborn? What about the issues that some of us don't agree on? Is all lost?

First of all, we know that although God gives man free will and doesn't run things like a puppeteer, yet He brings a greater good out of all things. He knows what is in the mind of each man, woman and child, and everything that ever will be. I liked Especially Heather's blog post on this yesterday morning.

Secondly, we are a great nation - a republic - built on checks and balances. No one person makes all the decisions. Not even the senate and house, along with that man, make all the decisions. The constituents have their influence, by phone calls, letters, and by prayer. And as one of my sons was telling me this morning, the senate minority leader was re-elected. That should help with the checks and balances.

It is a time for us to be vigilant, a time for us to pray. It is always a time for us to be vigilant and to pray, but it is a time to be reminded of that.

At the same time, I think that even those of us who are dismayed about some of the issues can rejoice in the day, can rejoice with a grateful heart. We can be at peace, not to put aside our actions but to put aside our anxieties, with the words, "Be still and know that I am God".

Thank you, Lord, for helping us to recognize as a nation that people of all races are equally created in your image and likeness. Thank you for giving us a nation where we are not dependent upon the opinions and thoughts of one man or one group, but where we have a say in our government, even when we don't agree with the views of some of our leaders. Guide our president and all of our leaders in your will. Help us to exercise our privileges and duties, and help us to trust in Your divine providence each day. Amen.

1 comment:

Holly said...

All we can do is pray. And continue to teach our kids and uphold the values this nation was built upon. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I still think these things are possible - I believe there is hope for change. And I will be praying for our 44th president to have the truth revealed to him and that true CHANGE will occur.

God Bless you. What a nicely put post.