Respecting the awesome power of words!

Election Eve

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                                                     Photo by Anne Shurley

The Alpha-born and bred
forever step forward, O God,
to lead communities and societies
from small to large; and
we are graced with opportunity,
beyond succession, coup,
or appointment, to cast
our ballots in participation.

However fair or free or open
the process seems to us,
remind us that, as people of faith,
our final hope is neither
in the champion of popular vote
nor the victor of electoral college.

Remind us that, from your people's
very first insistence on a human monarch,
you have provided a parallel voice
in prophets, who keep bringing chairs
to the table; chairs that socioeconomics
seeks to remove; chairs belonging
to widows, orphans, and sojourners,
to outcasts and underdogs.

Remind us that the math
that matters in the long run –
or eternity as you are wont to call it –
is not the math of budgets and bottom lines,
but the equation of community.

Come Wednesday, or whenever
the counting is complete
and a victor is declared,
whether or not our desired candidate
and party prevail, or even
if we couldn't find candidates
on the ballot with which 
to align, give us wisdom, 
compassion, and courage to 
speak with the prophet's voice,
walk in the prophet's sandals,
breathe the prophet's air,
and feel the prophet's pulse,
so that our society and culture
will both desire and move
toward a place where justice
truly is for all, where mercy reigns,
and hope springs eternal.

Give us the courage,
both individually and collectively,
to be sentinels of grace;
to be your loaf and cup,
blessed, broken,
poured out, and shared,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

© 2016 Todd Jenkins
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7 responses

  1. darla ledger

    Todd– May I share this on Sunday morning??? I love it. With attribution, of course!!!

    Like

    November 3, 2016 at 10:35 am

  2. Mw, too?

    Liked by 1 person

    November 3, 2016 at 11:28 am

  3. Me … ah, fingers

    Liked by 1 person

    November 3, 2016 at 11:29 am

  4. dee

    Todd– this was very well received today in worship as our contemporary reading. It was read powerfully…and the words rang out strong and beautiful. Thank you for your words and for the reminders contained therein.

    Liked by 1 person

    November 6, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    • Thank you, Dee. I’m glad it was helpful.

      Like

      November 6, 2016 at 5:01 pm

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