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Very few of us have been undisturbed over these last several months. It seems each week brings some new trial, catastrophe, or disturbing event. We all respond differently to these things, according to belief, our story, and traumas we’ve already survived. The approaching election has become fraught with anxiety and partisanship. It has revealed a great deal of division in the Church, the nation, and the world. Many are deeply troubled and anxious.
We who follow the way of Jesus, have an invitation to turn away from fear and despair and turn to the Lord in trust and hope. We remember that He has not vacated His throne and that we serve a King whose Kingdom runs on forgiveness and scandalous generosity.
At this critical time in the history of our nation, we have an opportunity to make a difference. However, this difference has a narrative that is counter to the ways of the world. (2 Corinthians 10:4).
Perhaps God has placed us in this land at this time “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). Whatever our current understanding and experience of politics, pandemic, tornados, and protests, we have surely discovered these things revealing something about us and what we believe, and makes us consider the situation of the world around us.
We are choosing to respond by entering into a 7-day period of fasting and prayer during the week of the election.
We ask that you consider fasting as you are able and in a way that is meaningful to you. Please sign up for a 15-minute time slot to participate in a time of silence and/or solitude to practice confession, prayer, and listening. Invite the Spirit of God to lead you in your prayers. This is not meant as an invitation to tell God who should win the election, but to come before Him in humility, seeking His mercy to transform this nation. Let us ask the Lord for His mercy, to forgive us, to bring transformation, to move us as a people to repentance, and to bring about a renewal of faith and how it’s lived out in our homes and communities in this country and the world.