I’m not going to lie to you. I’m rising to Lori’s challenge to write about the Election but I’m not thrilled about it. How can I be? I wasn’t thrilled with the results. That said, I wasn’t surprised either although I was disappointed. My husband could easily tell you that Tuesday night I was more than a little bratty. But I more-or-less got it out of my system.
I’ve taken a deep breath and looked around me. As I write this, the sun has come up yet again. The sky is blue. The air has a glorious chill to it. Fall is my favorite time of year. I take a deep breath and as I exhale I ask God to use me as He wills.
There are difficult times ahead. I won’t deny that I truly believe that. But I also don’t think that they will all result from this election. I’m a historian and a Calvinist. There are always difficult times ahead.
But do you want to know something funny? I mean ironic more than I mean laugh out loud but I have to admit that I laughed at the irony. This morning I read about a study that said that 85% of the horrible things we imagine never come to pass. Eighty-five percent. That’s a lot. In an election 85% is a landslide.
What this means is that whether you’re elated at the results of the election or appalled, you need to take a deep breath. Then take another. Now for the challenge.
Turn it into a meditation. Inhale for a count of five. Hold it for five. Exhale for ten. As you breathe, exhale the negative and the dark. Then breathe in God’s Light. Breathe in His Love. Imagine it suffusing your body from fingertip to fingertip. Feel it flowing from the top of your head to the soles of your feet.
Take that light with you into your day. Look for those who are scared and those who are angry. Don’t overlook the self-righteous. They’re hurting and scared too and are showing it through their actions. As you find what is negative, exhale God’s Love and Light. Let it spill out and wash over the darkness.
I’m not saying it will be easy. I’m not saying that solutions will be quick. But it all starts when you take a moment and breathe. Breathe in His Light. Breathe in His Love. Take it out into your day. There is light even in darkness.