Today, a prayer for our nation’s psyche
Do you ever look at a roll of toilet paper and think, “someone put that on wrong.” There are “over the top” advocates, and “roll from underneath” fans. We joke that the “other” side is wrong, yet in the end, we still have an ample supply of what we need.
Our politics are about as silly as that argument, yet have grown more serious. We are all Americans, yet we’ve been led to think our preferences are the most important thing, and not that we all live in the best country on earth and can work together as Americans to address our problems. We have devolved into a nation where we are judged simply by which political party we claim.
In the face of this week’s presidential impeachment, we offer prayers for our nation and its leaders. And we pray for ordinary citizens that we will stop filling our minds with poison that gets us to see fellow Americans as “the other” — a Democrat or a Republican — instead of as fellow citizens who want the best for the country, yet who may believe we may arrive at that lofty goal by different roads. We pray we see each other as living, breathing humans with the same human issues we all face.
Perspective can rearrange one’s priorities, such as when someone diagnosed with cancer suddenly thinks less of judging others and more about bringing good energy through prayer or support from others, no matter their political leanings. They appreciate the good in life because it is suddenly more precious and potentially limited. They realize it is a waste of time and healing energy to stay angry all the time.
Our nation is sick with division and we have let the false prophets of politics divide us. They have made us think our differences are more important than our similarities. They have profited mightily, yet the nation has been made poorer in spirit. Do we ever wonder if it is all part of a grand plan to divide and conquer?
We all have a choice as to how to react to political news we don’t like.
In the end, political anger is about as silly as a toilet paper argument. We are all Americans. We are all different. We should value that and stop bludgeoning one another over it.
Abraham Lincoln, who knew about leading a divided nation, stated: “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
We offer this as a prayer for our nation. – K.E.C.