This Election Day seems full of tension and concern (if not downright fear and anger). As we go vote today, we need to be reminded of blessings, put things into perspective, and encourage our hearts.
We are blessed to have a Creator God who loves us and made a way for us to find atonement for our sins.
We are blessed that God’s love is so great that He would sacrifice His
Son Jesus ion our place.
We are blessed to have the hope of eternal life with Christ in Heaven.
We are blessed that God is in control, and no matter the outcome of the election, He is still in control. Don’t believe the false narrative that if your person doesn’t win all is lost. That is a fear tactic of the enemy of our souls.
We are blessed to be alive and breathing today. God has a purpose for us today.
We are blessed to live in a free country where voting and discourse on government is not banned.
We are blessed to live in a rich country where the bottom 20%, the poorest of our poor in America, are richer than the average person in most European nations.
We are blessed in America with the freedom to speak and worship as we choose and not have our daily actions dictated to us.
We are blessed to have families and friends who love us.
We are blessed with heat on a cold day, water we don’t have to walk miles to draw from a well, and basic necessities to live.
We are blessed to have friends and live in common city with other believers where we can draw together to pray and encourage each other.
We are blessed here in Alabama today that we are not living in fragile wooden shanties with a Cat 4 hurricane pressing down upon us as Nicaragua is. (Pray for the people of Nicaragua and Honduras today!)
I could go on…
But instead, I ask you to go on. Make a written list of some of your blessings today. Instead of fear and dread of the future – count your blessings. Instead of arguing and hating – list you blessings and allow it to spur you to love all those around you. Instead of writing, posting, or speaking maliciously today, write down your blessings. Write words of hope, love, and encouragement. Speak life into the world around you. Speak God’s Word. Speak peace. Live like Christ. Forgive. Love others. Pray for God’s will to be done.
“Our Father, who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdoms and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
For if you forgive other people for their offenses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive other people, then your Father will not forgive your offenses.Matthew 6:9-15