Fell asleep last night praying long and deeply for our country. I heard only tidbits of the GOP convention speeches last night, and was stunned at the negativity and anger in the gossip-laced speeches, and the lack of vision and concrete plans.
I'm working on an intricate thought for my other blog about how odd it is that Bush/Cheney have been able to lure and manipulate many good people, evangelical Christians, through skillful use of fear, rage, hate....and gossip. (Headline on Yahoo news last night..."Cheney, Miller Unleash Rage Against Kerry).
Odd that such vile attracts Christians when Jesus Christ's message was unambiguously one of faith, hope and love. ("And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." I Corinthians 13:13.)
Odd that fearful thinking can control avowed Christians when God, Jesus, Moses, even angels proclaimed "Do not be afraid." Odd because faith is the very act of overcoming fear and worry through reliance on God instead of self.
So I prayed last night for our country while Ron was sleeping. I was feeling frustrated and powerless, like a great burden was on my shoulders. Then I remembered the power of prayer to give my burdens to God. I feel better for now.....but have decided that the most powerful thing I can do to affect this crucial election is to talk to God about it every night until the election. And to trust His plan.