Well, the election is over and I have to say that the outcome has been a bummer. It's not so much that Romney lost, I didn't even think that he was great candidate. It's not so much that Obama won, though I think he is not good for our country. It's because of the way I have heard people talk before, during and after this election.
Before, there were endless posts that were at times, well...ridiculous. People posting crazy things on facebook in an attempt to sway people not to vote for Obama. Then election day came and I was caught a little off guard by some of my friends and family. My son, who is a very analytical thinker, could not in good conscience vote for either of the candidates, even though he knew that a third party vote would basically help Obama. Friends who flat refused to vote because the couldn't support either candidate, and family members who acted as though you would be excommunicated from the family if you didn't agree with them. Then after the election, the depressing and angry posts on facebook were enough to ruin my day. To be honest, I still don't feel back to normal.
Sooo many scriptures went through my head today, like the Lord is a shield around me, my glory and the lifter of my head. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. The blessings of the Lord makes me rich and adds no sorrow. These words along with a song that I listened to several times, have kept me from feeling too depressed. Then to add to my very blue feeling today, I started thinking about my mom.
My mom went in to the hospital for the last time a few weeks after the 08 election. The stock market was crashing, the banks were failing and the stimulus package was being hotly debated on TV. She loved a good political debate and due to her very limited physical ability at that point, she had been glued to the TV through it all watching all of the breaking news. As she lay in her dying bed, she rarely spoke as she simply had no air in her lungs to spare, but one evening she looked up at me and said "why did we lose the election?" It broke my heart to think that in her weak state, she was still worrying about our country. I very quickly told her that the election didn't matter and that God would take care of us no matter who was president. I believed it then, and I believe it now. God always comforts and provides for His people. His name is a strong tower that the righteous run in to and they are saved.
I pray that our nation heals from the bitter divide we have created with our political rhetoric. I pray that our president is visited in his dreams and is overtaken in his waking hours by the spirit of the living God calling him to lead with honesty and to follow Jesus. I pray that as we try to pick up the pieces, we become a nation of God chasers. Lord, have your way in this country and lead your people in the way everlasting.