As with so many things long-awaited, it feels a little surreal that we are finally here—the day before the national election. I confess that my anxiety is running high; that the tension in our communities and the sweeping uncertainties have kindled my own fears for what this week and its outcomes may bring.
And while some might conclude that this is a sign of a fragile faith, I believe that God calls us to acknowledge and address the realities of our world as they are, so that, in faith, we can tend to our brokenness and serve as agents of healing and change. Our belief cannot shield us from the consequences of our or others’ actions, but it can ground us in the certainty that nothing we do is beyond God’s redemption in the end.
Our guiding scripture for this stewardship season is echoing in my ears today. “So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
In our country, as in our church and our homes, we will reap what we sow. And though the outcome of the election– beyond our votes– may be out of our hands, we can control the goodness we sow and cultivate each day. We can respond to conflict with empathy. We can seek understanding where we have been encouraged to hate. We can ask our neighbors what they need to flourish rather than assuming our needs are universal. And, we can give of our resources to ensure the well-being of our entire community beyond just our own.
We are not powerless to build God’s kingdom here if we choose to allow the Spirit to work within us. So, let us not grow weary in doing what is right. Let us never give up working for our greatest hope.