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The Resistance Prays

December 31, 2018
By Jo Schonewolf

Today's Top Story
“Elizabeth Warren Announces She is Running For President in 2020” - via the New York Times. The former Harvard law professor and current senator from Massachusetts is the first of what will likely be a substantial and diverse field of candidates of democratic contenders for the White House to enter the race.
Scripture 
"Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." - Colossians 3:14-18
Above All, Clothe Yourselves with Love
  • 2018 has been quite the journey for most of us, with enough political news and struggle to last a lifetime. To recap it all would take more space than we have, but I invite you, on the last day of this year, to think about where we’ve been - victories, defeats, and all.
  • That reflection is important for each of us to do in our own time, because the future is going to come at us fast. Senator Warren’s announcement today helps us to orient ourselves toward what will likely dominate the next two years in the Resistance: the 2020 presidential election.
  • In the months ahead, we will listen to candidate after candidate and weigh not only their stated values, their actions and their character, but also, as the Times piece points out, their viability as challengers to the current president. We will need discernment in deciding who to support, because once a candidate is chosen, it will take all of us dedicating substantial time and treasure to help that candidate get elected. It is not too early to begin preparing ourselves for the task to come, knowing that even as the presidential race dominates our attention, there will still be those who are hungry, thirsty, in need of welcome or shelter, or sick, or in prison. We will need energy and patience and passion.
  • The beginning of a new year often calls us to new commitments. Commit yourself in the year ahead to steeping yourself in scripture, community, and, above all, love. The peace and justice we hope to bring to our nation must first dwell in our hearts, so that we have the strength we need to do the work our Lord is calling us to do.
Act
Even though our attention will be turned toward the presidential race, there are many, many other public offices. Spend some time reflecting today. Given what we’ve seen from our elected officials in the past year, what do you want to see in a candidate and future public servant? If you see those qualities in yourself or another, let me point you toward Run For Something, an organization that assists younger Americans who want to get involved in government to run for office.
Pray
God, you hold everything in your hands. You have held us in the year behind us and will stay with us in the years ahead. Give us discernment, wisdom, and strength. Be with those who are or are considering running for office in the elections before us. Wrap them and all of us up in your love, that we may then love and serve others as you have asked us to. Let your peace rest on our hearts as we leave 2018 and renew us with your Spirit in 2019, for it is in your name we pray, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, amen.
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