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March 17, 2020

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An early voting site in Cleveland on March 13. Ohio’s governor said the March 17 primary election was postponed. Photo Credit: Tony Dejak/Associated Press
As Louisiana, Georgia, and Ohio postpone their primary elections out of health concerns about the coronavirus, Senators announce legislation to provide for nationally guaranteed universal vote by mail, as well as expanded early voting. - via The New York Times
"For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed." - Malachi 3:6
As I contemplated what to write about today, it hit me that I last wrote on SuperTuesday, which seems like a lifetime ago. On top of the obvious anxiety about our health and the health of those we love, the speed at which all our lives are changing is dizzying. As so much is changing, I found comfort this morning in Malachi and am making it my morning meditation: “I the Lord do not change." It comforts me to repeat it like a mantra. It comforts me to contemplate what does not change. 

In writing, a throughline is an invisible thread that binds your story together. A throughline for our The Resistance Prays community is our commitment to spiritually and politically defeat Trumpism. As we work to stay healthy, we remain committed to working toward a healthier democracy. And to that end, while we walk through this crisis, many of us are concerned that the Trump Administration does not use it as an excuse to try to postpone the general election in November. While states can move their primary dates, the Nov. 3 federal election is set by federal law, as the Constitution mandates that the new Congress convene on Jan. 3 and the President is inaugurated on Jan. 20. 

As Senators Klobuchar and Wyden note in their Op-Ed on their proposed legislation, people should not have to choose between staying healthy and voting. Guaranteeing universal mail-in balloting (with provisions for accommodating those who are unable to vote by mail) would ensure that our general election is both safe and proceed as mandated. Congress needs to act now to set in place procedures to protect both the integrity of the ballot and the health of the people. 
Contact your Senators and ask them to support the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act of 2020.  Let them know that you want them to act now to ensure that all Americans can safely vote in the general election on November 3.

Join with others praying during this pandemic. You can find beautiful prayers and add your own at the Fellowship for Reconciliation’s Prayer Petition for a Pandemic.
May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May those who have no risk factors 
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home 
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close 
Remember those who have no options. 
. . . . . .
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home 
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, 
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors. 

Prayer by Cameron Belm, “Krug the Thinker,” from The Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Prayers for a Pandemic
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