You have given us a world of beauty, and we have spoilt it.
A world to feed us, and yet many go hungry.
A world of riches, and we are unwilling to share.
A world to care for, and we think only of ourselves.
Forgive us, gracious God,
for those times your heart is saddened by our selfishness.
For those times we have no thought of others,
no cares but ours.
Enable us to see this world anew, as a gift from you,
to be shared and nurtured.
If I could write the words of life
in pencil and not pen,
erase that bit, re-draft that part,
try out that ending, then…
Penciled in, not permanent,
what a better life I’d live.
Take some chances, try stuff out,
Oh what I wouldn’t give.
Wait, that pencil is right here,
it’s sharpened in my hand.
Sketching, drawing, please erase,
do brush away that sand.
Darker, firmer this one comes,
it may be meant to stay.
Will you please put that in pen?
Someone might read it someday.
God, will you?
That’s what I wanted to ask God on election night. Will you side with my candidate? Will you keep the other one from winning? Because I KNOW I am right and they are wrong. Just asking, God, not trying to talk you into anything ….
God said “No.” Well, not in so many words. He just held up a hand to my pitiful request and parried it. Not now. I wasn’t seeking His will, I was seeking my own. And I wanted it to be His.
You, you go back to human kind and learn the lesson I have for you there.
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. ~ Matthew 5: 23-24
Go and see. Go and meet. Go and do. Go.
Don’t rely on hearsay. Don’t hold onto what has gone before. You don’t know fully what the other has seen, heard, and lived. Perhaps they have repented of their err, as you have, and asked forgiveness, as you have. And I have forgiven them, as I have forgiven you. I have chosen not to remember their transgression as I have chosen not to remember yours. I have redeemed it as I have yours. I have redeemed them as I have redeemed you.
Do not hold against the other what I have chosen to forget. This is where reconciliation begins. If we act based on what we don’t know, we stand in judgment. Judge not lest you shall be judged according to the same standards. Who can stand up to such scrutiny?
And here we are in our ‘But God!’ moment. We, on election day, stood in judgment of two flawed human beings. Much of our valuation was based on what we heard from others and read in the media. Who among us could stand up to such evaluation? Can any stand before a judgment according to those standards?
Yet, now we have walked through the door of those election results and we cannot go back. God says, go forward, but we are still asking …
God! Will you?
Is God wondering, Will you? Will you continue to judge each other according to impossible standards and incomplete information? Will your indictments continue based on incomplete evidence and past episodes? Will you keep denying what I can redeem?
I know that my past is for me. It’s meant to remind me of how far I’ve come and how far I have to go. I’m not meant to hold your past against you. If you have shown it to God and He has made it well, I cannot know. But your life, going forward, will show me. So will mine. We owe that to each other.
Is that the lesson, God?
…that what You have forgiven, we’re not meant to remember? …that presuming the worst in the other, denies what you have told us…
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine. ~ Isaiah 43:1
When election day became judgment day we lost our way. We’re not a nation of losers. We are the redeemed of the Lord. Let us say so, and live with each other in a way that leaves no doubt.
God is waiting for us to pray the prayer He has already said yes to.
Yes, I am.