As the United States nears the 2022 midterms, I decided to create a new set of prayer stations to be used during this election season. These stations provide people with tangible ways to pray for our communities and leaders as we continue to navigate how to interact with each other in politically divided times.
Clutching Romans 5 on Election Day
All of the fault lines dividing us that have been exploited in American culture over the last four years will still be intact no matter when the ballots finish being counted and no matter who wins.
We made church in the wilderness (a Hurricane Matthew story).
Sixteen of us from four congregations joined at the top of a mountain to share communion and pray together.
We drove the wrong way on the highway (a Hurricane Matthew story).
We were lucky to have 36 hours to prepare before we evacuated. In Baton Rouge this August, people had 5 minutes.
I prayed and remembered Scripture (a Hurricane Matthew story).
I asked God to hear my prayer: “I know it’s just stuff, God, but it’s ours.”
What do an election and a hurricane have in common?
Stories of evacuating from and responding to Hurricane Matthew give perspective to this election season.
St. Francis Has A Lesson for the Election Season
I’ve never been the kind of person on whom a bird would perch. But there’s much more to St. Francis than that.