GUYS! It’s been so long. HELLO! I’ve missed you. How you’ve been? Nervous about this election, huh? Me too. Don’t you worry. I have plenty of thoughts.
But that’s not this post.
I know, I know, you’re expecting this long, thought-out post about politics, God, and this CrAzY election that’s coming to an end today. That’s coming – I promise. But God has been so good to me lately (well, He’s always good and I’m finally picking up on it!), so today I want to be grateful. (And yes, I have plenty of thoughts on that too!)
Instead of focusing on our uncertainty and fear, I challenge us to briefly reflect on all the countless ways the Lord has blessed us.
My list, just off the top of my head, is this:
- It’s 60 degrees out in November in Wisconsin!
- I have the day off!
- I can vote!
- For the first time in a year, I had a s’more last night and sat by a bonfire!
- After a month without a laptop, I got my new Macbook today, and she’s beautiful. I’ve dubbed her Macadamia Nut aka Mac. She and I will be writing our usual material for you shortly. 😀
Yes, it’s CrAzY out there, and I for one am going to be enjoying my free alcohol from a local restaurant while hearing about election numbers. But, let’s remember, we’ve got a lot to be grateful for.
And if you’re scared, uncertain, and overall anxious about our country, let’s pray the prayer of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) before an election:
Lord God, as the election approaches,
we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our city/state/country,
and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens in our community.
We ask for eyes that are free from blindness
so that we might see each other as brothers and sisters,
one and equal in dignity,
especially those who are victims of abuse and violence, deceit and poverty.
We ask for ears that will hear the cries of children unborn and those abandoned,
Men and women oppressed because of race or creed, religion or gender.
We ask for minds and hearts that are open to hearing the voice of leaders who will bring us closer to your Kingdom.
We pray for discernment
so that we may choose leaders who hear your Word,
live your love,
and keep in the ways of your truth
as they follow in the steps of Jesus and his Apostles
and guide us to your Kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this in the name of your Son Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
And God bless America!
(And yet another thing to be grateful for: I can finally tell my mother I wrote a post shorter than 1000 words. Hi, Mom!)