Clearing Our Eyes
Dear Kaleid Ladies,
We are less than a week out from Election Day. As we anticipate whatever next week holds for our county, we pray that we can do so from a place that is grounded in God’s love, truth, and reality.
Today we offer a contemplative practice, a learning moment, and an embodiment encouragement to you, and we pray that you will find clarity in these opportunities. That you will remember that you, as God’s beloved daughter, have been given access to God’s attention, God’s reality, and God’s very life.
Contemplative Practice: Being with God
Remarkably, God listens to people. And acts on their behalf. The Scriptures are clear about this reality.
And so, today, we come to God in prayer, using the words of the Book of Common Prayer to speak to God and to trust that God’s gracious attention is fully on us as we do so. Here is the Prayer for an Election:
Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Pray this prayer a few times, letting the words linger each time. In between, offer silence to God and allow God’s attentive care to calm your heart. What do you hear?
Learning Moment: Thinking about Our Thinking
Jesus said, “The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore when your eye is good, your whole body is also full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body is also full of darkness. Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.” (Luke 11:34-35)
People have been talking about the film The Social Dilemma. We live in an age where information is rampant and truth is hard to discern. This week, hold your learning up to the light of Jesus by reading a chapter a day in Luke, beginning with chapter 11. As you read, record what you discover about God, about people, about creation. How do these insights bring you a clearer eye? What are they illuminating inside of you?
Embodiment Encouragement: Physically Responding to God’s Loving Presence
You have a neighborhood. A polling place. Perhaps it is within walking distance or just a short drive away. Maybe it’s a school, a community center, or a church building.
You have a body. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. You carry God’s life and light into these ordinary places.
One day this week, take 30 minutes and physically travel to your polling location. As you do, notice the homes, businesses, and green spaces that you pass. As you arrive, consider the typical purpose of the building. As you stand in the parking lot, remember the gift of freedom and the responsibility of citizenship.
While standing at your polling location, breathe deeply a few times, clearing your mind, and offer a prayer for your community, for people who carry out the good purposes of the building, and for the election on Tuesday.
The Kaleid Team