Election Day at First Church of the Heart

 

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There once was a Church, “First Church of the Heart”
With the strangest distinction I have to impart.

There were 48 members, and it should be noted,
on the day of elections, every one of them voted.

Not a one of them pushy or preachy or snooty,
One by one, on their own, each one doing their duty.

And that in itself is a sign of some health:
A Church that’s engaged, and not just with itself.

When I tell you what happened, your feelings may change,
For this small, noble church took a turn for the strange.

Though the church wasn’t told — to salvage their pride
Every item they voted? 24 on each side.

Every vote for a candidate, every ballot and bout
Had another vote cast that just cancelled it out!

So the question to ponder, that comes to my mind:
Did First Church of the Heart end up wasting its time?

Are you kidding? Of course not! Any church is a treasure
That can differ in politics but worship together.

May we all be as active, accepting, a part
of the world that we’re in…

Without losing Our Heart.

Have a great week,
Mitch

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First posted in Nov, 2014

H(illary)(tr)UMP DAY

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It was the worst of times, it was the even worster of times.

Nice grammar, huh?  But that’s kind of how I feel about the 2016 Presidential Election.

It was a time that seemed to bring out the worst in everybody.  Finger-pointing, nit-picking, lies, and immorality.

And that was just Facebook.

Debates that seemed to unfold like boxing matches.  Media feeding Americans’ insatiable desire for more dirt, more drama.

Everyone was drawn in the fray.  This election became personal for women and men, well-educated and less-educated, Latinos, African Americans, veterans, the working class, and so on.

Over the past month I’ll admit I became obsessed.  Every hour on the hour I found myself checking various news sites to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

But I did miss, quite a lot.

I missed civility.  I missed unity.  I missed a constructive exchange of ideas.

I missed out on several good night’s sleep.

I missed verifiable truth.  I missed the America I love.

I wonder…will it ever be the same, here?  Have we burned ourselves too badly with all the nastiness?

I hope not. I hope…for something more.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.   –Jeremiah 29:11-13

This is how we get over the HUMP of H(illary) + (tr)UMP

By focusing our attention where it should never stray.  On The Lord, the one true source of our Hope.

I’ll keep that in mind as I watch election results tonight.  This is an important moment in our country, but there is never a day — not even Election Day — when God is not at work in us and through us, and even through people who don’t vote like us.

So rejoice, friends!

Today is election Tuesday.

Thank God tomorrow is over-the-HUMP day.

Have a great week,

Mitch

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Election Night Drinking Game

Now, you wouldn’t think a good Christian devotion like this would offer a drinking game.

Think again, my friends!

It’s been a long, painful election season.  No matter who gets elected, just about everyone has been bruised by our political process this time around.

So grab a glass of your favorite sparkling fruit juice, root beer, or ice cold tap water, and play along!

HERE ARE THE RULES:

1.  Whenever your home state is mentioned on TV, take a drink.

2.  Whenever a swing state is decided, take a drink.

3.  Whenever the phrase “electoral college” is mentioned, take a drink.

4. Whenever a local, state, or national concession speech is made, take a drink.

5.  After every trip to the bathroom (you’ll be drinking a lot), take a drink.

6. Before you go to bed, pray this prayer:

God of all people, your Son Jesus told us that those who are thirsty for righteousness are blessed.  May all our newly elected officials thirst for righteousness.  May all those who were defeated tonight thirst for righteousness.  May all who voted, and all who didn’t, thirst for righteousness.  We pray this for your sake, and for the sake of our world.  Through Jesus, who offers us Living Water, AMEN.

Have a great next four years,

Mitch