It’s Time to Pray
When anxiety, worry and concern about what will happen in the days and weeks following the election overwhelm us, prayer can help open the door to our innermost souls and both calm us and catapult us to imagine the world we want to inhabit. Our prayers help us create the mental model for the next chapter of our lives as a country.
I feel compelled to pray now.
I pray for parents to have the strength to model compassion, deep listening and presence with their children, even as our public figures might behave differently.
I pray for children to see kindness and care as virtues, and to believe that most grow-ups do too.
I pray that those who are vulnerable feel buoyed by the knowledge that there are so many who care deeply about them and are devoting their lives to support them, even if they feel like their elected officials may not.
I pray for those in power to remember that they are servants of a higher cause, not masters who require honor.
I pray for all of us to receive the one gift King Solomon asked from God. A lev shomea or a listening heart, one that is discerning, receptive and knowing.
I pray that the energy created by our inner angst does not turn to despair, but translates into renewed energy to care for each other.
I pray that we choose hope.
I pray that we practice hope.