Election Day is finally here. This political season has been particularly challenging for our country. The rhetoric has stunted our growth as a people and as a nation. But today, we are grateful that we finally get to cast our vote.
May we not take our country for granted, for we are aware that many countries do not choose their leaders. May we not idolize our nation either. Remind us, especially today, that our devotion to You is more important than our commitment to any political party or politician. Never let our partisan leanings and convictions blind us to what is best for our country.
When we enter the voting booth, may we trust in the knowledge with which You have blessed us. May our vote be inspired by our hope for our community, country, and the world. May our vote consider the well-being of all people, especially the poor and marginalized.
In the end, there will be many people disappointed by the results today. May those whose preferred candidates win and those whose preferred candidates lose find a way to put aside their differences so we as a country can mend and move forward. At the same time, may we not pretend that the important and difficult issues that arose during this election season have gone away. Instead, give us the courage to address these challenges head on so we might truly heal.
In the coming days and weeks, be present in the hearts and minds of our newly elected officials. Give them wisdom for the hard work of governing that lies ahead. Keep them and their families safe.
May these leaders consider our nation’s past – the victories and especially the mistakes – when making decisions for our future. May they always be humble, seeking to understand before making decisions.
Lord, on Election Day, may Your Church be a voice that shows Your grace. In the days ahead, may Your Church influence the character of our nation as it has so many times in the past. May The Church never shy away from being a voice for hope, compassion, and justice.
May our vote today make our country and the world a better place for the generations to come. Give us calm as we wait for the results. And whatever the outcome, we pray for love and understanding throughout the earth.
In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.