“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and mind…”
How many times do we read this verse and let our prayers take the place of anxious thoughts. The election turmoil troubles many. We “anxiously await” the outcome. I’ve talked to people from both sides who are at odds with friends over the outcome. We want things to be right, and the suggestion and now voices from citizens telling us what they saw, puts a trace of doubt in our minds. We voted. Was it in vain? Are the results what they should be? We don’t know the outcome, we can only wait, watch and listen as so many voices speak different outcomes. I for one, will, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, put this anxiety and concern in God’s hands and leave the results to him. No armchair coach ever affected the outcome of a game, and neither can we as armchair politicians determine a political outcome. Nothing happens but it comes through God’s hand and with a deep breath, I release all my prognostications and turn my mind to Paul’s admonition: whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. We can’t go wrong.
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