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Nov 07 2012

Sparta FUMC Youth!: Focus

Original post at http://spartafumcyouth.blogspot.com/2012/11/focus.html


The elections are over and once again, some are happy and some are not. But that's the beauty of the Republic we are blessed to live in. Regardless of how we "feel" today, we must remember that God is always in control. We are His creation and He can work good through any of us.

We must focus on what's important:

  
(This reflection was written on Tuesday afternoon, 11/6,
before the results of the election were known.) By the Concord Pastor

Lots of people are very happy today, Lord,
   and almost as many are very disappointed...

This is the day of winners and losers, 

   of victors and the vanquished, 
      a day of cheers and tears...

And like yesterday and tomorrow, Lord,

   this is the day that you have made and given us
and on this day, as on every day,

   your word calls us to reverence one another
      and to bear with one another in kindness...

Help us remember that neither winning nor losing 

   excuses us from your command that we love one another
      with peace in our hearts and kindness in our speech...

Your law of love makes no exceptions permitting us

   to hate our opponents, to despise the winner
      or to demean the loser...

You call us always to collaboration and unanimity

   and never to discord or division...

You call us to be patient and kind with one another,

   not jealous or pompous...

Nothing justifies our demonizing one another...


The love you enjoin on us cannot
be rude 

   or seek its own interests;
      cannot be quick tempered or prone to brood over injury...

You call us to a love that bears all things, believes all things,

   hopes all things and endures all things...

Indeed, you call to love even our enemies,

   with a love that never fails...     

If I am in the winner's camp today, Lord, 

   keep me from being proud and haughty,
      snide and snarky...

If I stand with the losing side today, Lord,

   keep me from being mean-spirited and bitter,
      from any self-indulgent spite...

Both sides believe they campaigned
   for what will best serve the needs of your people:
whether we've won or lost, Lord,
   keep us all faithful to promises made
      and determined and dedicated
   to do what is just, to love what is good 
      and to walk humbly with you...

In the quiet of my prayer, Lord,
   humble my pride, tame any anger, 
      strengthen my resolve 
         and deepen my faith and trust in you...
 In the stillness of my prayer,
   help me hold to what is just and true
      and help me let go whatever keeps me from your love...
 Send your Spirit of peace to reign in our hearts
   and help us work together, Lord,
      to serve the needs of all...   

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