Today, I'd like to offer a prayer for our government and the people of this country.
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Have I ever told you I was a political-science minor in college? I fulfilled the requirements (I was even president of the College Republicans for awhile!), but I'll be honest: whereas my English classes made every kind of sense to me, my political-science classes always felt just a little over my head, like something wasn't quite clicking.
The situation involving the government shutdown brings those feelings back. As much as I've listened, read, and watched, it all feels just a little over my head. I'm starting to think it makes very little sense to me because it makes very little sense, period. My prayer, then:
Heavenly Father: I lift up to you, first of all, the American people who are suffering because of the government shutdown. I lift up the families of fallen soldiers who have been further, negatively impacted by the government shutdown. I lift up our servicemen whose return home has been delayed, whose Military Commissary has been locked up tight, and whose Chaplains have been made unavailable. I lift up our veterans who've been denied access to memorials erected in their honor. I lift up the business owners who haven't been able to operate because the buildings they lease or the access areas to those buildings rest on government soil. I lift up all the employees losing wages because of this shutdown, including the fishermen who've been denied access to the ocean.
Father, I lift up President Obama. Your Word says there is no power but of You, that the powers that be are ordained of You. I trust, then, that You have a plan involving President Obama. I ask You to draw him ever closer to Your heart: to make him an instrument of Your will. I ask You to bless those of his efforts that line up with Your Word and will lead to the furtherance of Your work.
I lift up to You every, single Congress(wo)man in our Senate and House of Representatives. I know all of them are under a great deal of pressure, right now. I ask You to flood them with Your wisdom. Help them, along with President Obama, to work together and resolve their issues according to Your will for our country.
Father, I know: the wisest among us sees through a glass darkly. Our human minds cannot discern Your truth without the help of Your Holy Spirit. Send this help, then, Father. We love and trust You and pray in Jesus's name, amen.
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God bless you, Friends. I hope to see you next week, if not before.