Let’s Celebrate Election Day!

Posted on November 8, 2016 in Politics

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Election Day 2016. I voted, and I’m celebrating.

I celebrate that we the people get to choose who occupies the seats of government. From the White House to the city council and school board. Even the water district—a BIG deal here in drought-stricken Southern California.

I’m grateful we in America are free to express opposing views and beliefs. Yes, it’s been ugly. But that’s a matter of character. We are responsible to use our free speech right with honor and dignity.

Nearly forty-five million people voted in advance, and upward of 150 million ballots will be cast by the time the last poll closes in Hawaii. I celebrate that!

In the natural way of things, we the people will be as divided on November 9 as we were leading up to this election day. Yet I woke up today believing there’s reason to celebrate in the midst.

Think of how strong we can be if we search through the rubble of this election season for issues and causes and truths around which we can reunite. Differences only divide if we let them.


In the natural way of things, we the people will be as divided on November 9 as we were leading up to this election day. Yet I woke up today believing there’s reason to celebrate in the midst.


Politics are a reflection of us. So, whatever today’s results, I remain hopeful we will find a way to rebuild our national character.

Call me naive. Or a fool. But consider this:

Even in times of trouble, we have a joyful confidence, knowing that our pressures will develop in us patient endurance. And patient endurance will refine our character, and proven character leads us back to hope. And this hope is not a disappointing fantasy, because we can now experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

We’ve been through trouble! Our deep divisions are laid bare like never before.

Opportunity!

The pressures can rebuild patient endurance. Refine our individual and national character. Lead each and all back to the hope of one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

And this hope is not a disappointing fantasy.


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