As our election process continues and election day arrives next week, we are weary. We are afraid. We are hopeful. We are angry. We are hurt. Such a mixed array of feelings. And, as God would have it, my sermon the Sunday after the election is on the beatitude, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” I look forward to thinking through what that means for us in these contentious days. Meanwhile, John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, wrote these words in his journal on October 6, 1774:
“I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them,
1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy:
2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against: And,
3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”
I find these words wise and challenging. What does it look like for each of us to live out these words this week? I pray for each of us and for our country, that we express ourselves by participating in our democracy, and that we do so with wisdom and compassion.
I invite you to read one scripture a day this week. They build on the idea of being peacemakers. Something we and our world desperately need. Weekly scriptures are here.
This week is All Saints Day. I invite you to bring a candle with you to worship. We will light candles in memory of loved ones. It is also communion Sunday, so I invite you to bring bread and juice, or something to eat and something to drink, as we celebrate the mystery of God’s grace in Jesus. And, we have a guest preacher. Rev. Dr. Chris Haughee from Intermountain Children’s Home will be bringing the message for us. It will be a great Sunday on Zoom! Hope to see your face on my screen.
Thanks to all who have agreed to write a devotion for us this year. If you could email those to me this week, that would be awesome! I still need 7 more writers to share a thought about peace, hope, faith, joy or love. Let me know if you can help out.
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The Lord bless you and keep you!
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