My vote was cast weeks ago, but still I was at the morning polls. My neighbors, my wife, and my daughter were all on this parking lot line. Inside I delivered donuts to the poll workers who represent the bipolarity of American life ensuring a fair and honest election across our great nation. My other two children have voted already. For the first time my family has voted as 1 voting block, uniform on the presidential ticket. The day is beautiful, The sun is shining. The Flag stands tall.
I am home now as are the two presidential candidates. Both proclaim to be Christians. May they join me in a day of prayer and action that resembles imitation of Christ in all words and actions.
My candles and prayer space are open to all today virtually. Above all I feel America has a pivotal choice today between two different American visions. I have done my part to support the vision I believe is closer to the imitation of Christ in policy, practice, ideology, and speech. Now it is up to other votes to get to the polls and vote their spiritual conscience. I refuse today to watch the news and pundits. They can wait for nightfall.
Today is for contemplation and prayer that the God of my understanding will find his way into the hearts, minds, and hands of the remaining voters that have yet to submit a vote. May their vote represent what is best for all humanity within our nation and all over the world. May, if it be God’s will, the American people come out of this election with confidence, increased unity, and a greater sense of global responsibility.
The following prayer is said to have been written by Stephen Langton, the archbishop of Canterbury around the year 1200. May the Holy Spirit visit our nation, our homes, and our souls today and in the days to come:
VENI SANCTE SPIRITUS
Come, O Holy Spirit, come!
From your bright and blissful Home
Rays of healing light impart.
Come, Father of the poor,
Source of gifts that will endure
Light of ev’ry human heart.
You, of all consolers best,
Of the soul, most kindly Guest,
Quick’ning courage do bestow.
In hard labor You are rest,
In the heat You refresh best,
And solace give in our woe.
O most blessed Light divine,
Let Your radiance in us shine,
And our inmost being fill.
Nothing good by man is thought,
Nothing right by him is wrought,
When he spurns Your gracious Will.
Cleanse our souls from sinful stain,
Lave our dryness with Your rain
Heal our wounds and mend our way.
Bend the stubborn heart and will,
Melt the frozen, warm the chill,
Guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful who in You,
Trust with childlike piety,
Deign your sevenfold gift to send.
Give them virtue’s rich increase,
Saving grace to die in peace,
Give them joys that never end. Amen. Alleluia.
If you are home today and have some time, please join me in some quiet contemplation or solitude with a Gregorian chant. You will not be alone despite the absence of proximal company. Many across the nation and globally will pray with you for America to choose the right course.
The delicate blend of fate versus self-determination is in play. Sometimes the “bad” or the “evil” have the short-term upper hand, as if fate has favored their side. The good must meet the effort of the bad equally and than some to compensate for the accidental fate that sometimes delivers us great blows. In America, in my view, our blue and red voters are all of one God as our left and right hands are all of one body.
They are not intrinsically good or bad until they act. Within each voter is the imprint of being able to act in the imitation of Christ. Their vote, their voice, and their intentions will be their barometer of where on their spectrum their desires for God can be defined. The same measure applies to me.
Godspeed and God’s grace to all of you this very special day.