I woke this morning to the strange and surprising news of the US Elections. I was disappointed, yes, but more puzzled than anything. What does this mean? What deeper and larger hopes and fears led voters to this decision?
I imagine that, had the election had a different outcome, there would be people waking up today to strange and surprising news, and wondering why others voted the way they did. We do not all have the same experiences and perceptions. The heart has its reasons.
But, I’m not writing this morning to guess at or to judge the feelings and experiences of people I don’t know.
I want to remind us all of what has not changed.
This day is still a gift from God, full of possibility and hope, ready for us to engage and use our gifts, love our neighbors, reach out and build community. Our call as Christians is still the same as it was yesterday — to bear witness to the good news we have received, to live as followers of the One who gave himself for others. Our work, our job description, and the needs of the world have not changed. The places where the world is in pain still need a healing touch. The places where people are afraid and angry still need a kind and courageous word.
We may be skeptical of the leadership and direction these election results will bring, but let us be hopeful skeptics. And let us commit ourselves to build up and not to tear down. Our leaders and our candidates set us a poor example with campaigns full of personal attacks and disdain for one another. We can do better. We can work together to build a community that serves and welcomes all of its citizens.
This is not the end. This is simply one more day. A day God gives us and in which God invites to to love and work, to live with joy, compassion and hope.