November 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

Election night

So, last night I gave the invocation at the County Commissioner’s meeting. It seemed rude just to pray and walk out, so I stayed…and I was really glad I did!

Not that there was anything earth-shattering that happened. There were reports and discussions about property tax reassessments, and water hook-up bills, and salary for a new building code inspector. But I was so delighted to hear our elected officials talking with each other about the ordinary problems Vance County citizens face, and what would be right, and fair, and just. An ordinary man got up and said he felt misled about the water bill contract. The Commissioners listened and debated his particular issue.

Why did I find that all so uplifting? Because, in the crazy run-up to this election, both Republicans and Democrats have been encouraged to believe that if the other party’s candidate wins, it will be the end of life on earth as we know it. But the truth is that we have NOT lost control of our lives. The politicians in Washington have some influence on us, certainly, but most of the impact on our lives comes from our own decisions, and the decisions on our own family and community.

Today, I hope you vote, I hope you pay attention, but I also hope you get out of the house and look around you at this great place we live in. How can we make it better? How can we make a positive change in someone’s life? How can we give back some of the blessings God has given us?

One of the amazing things about the life of Jesus is that he always has time for that individual person on the road. The woman who just happens to be at the well drawing water. The blind man on the road to Jericho. The short guy in the sycamore tree. We know and love these stories, and there are a thousand more, I’m sure, that were never even written down.

Jesus didn’t worry much about what was happening in Rome. He paid attention to the people in his circle of influence—most of whom were poor and living on the margins. But his careful attention and compassion became the stories of the revolution that was, and is, Christianity.

Friends, we are all more powerful than we think we are. All the more when we have the Holy Spirit himself leading and guiding us.

NO MATTER who wins tonight—do not despair! Jesus said, “In this world you will have many troubles. But take heart!—for I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

See you in church! ~Pastor Julia

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