The Presidential campaign that has absorbed so much national angst and energy is finally over, opening a very different era from the one we've just passed through. Our Reformed father, John Calvin had the highest regard for secular government, perhaps because he knew the burdens of ruling the city of Geneva. Our Presbyterian father, John Knox, on the other hand, went into exile during the reign of Queen Mary to avoid being burned at the stake. Christian citizens honor secular laws and leaders and take part in civic life while at the same time giving our ultimate allegiance to God, never a simple task. I offer the following prayer as we await a new administration.
Eternal God, we give you thanks for a largely peaceful election in a time of contention. Be with the nation as it absorbs change, and be with our president-elect and his family. Let the transition of power go smoothly and the cooperation among leaders be conducted for the common good.
If we are elated by the outcome, help us be gracious to fellow citizens who are distressed. If we are distressed, help us be gracious toward those who are elated, understanding that our nation is large and our experiences different. Comfort those who are afraid or anxious with the knowledge that you alone are the power behind all things: behind the energy of the storm, behind the ability to think and reason, behind all understanding and truth, behind the cross of Christ, behind unconquerable love. Grant us as a nation the fullness of your promises, and help us act always as citizens of your realm. Amen.
Scripture Readings for Sunday, November 13, 2016:
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Isaiah 12
The prayer list can be found here.