“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.”
Prayer of St. Francis (partial)

This devotional was written 2 days after the sun set on election day. Votes are still being counted and recounts are being called for. Some places will not officially say they have finished counting votes for several more days yet. With that in mind, let’s look at the bigger picture. The vast majority of government employees hasn’t changed. They continue to go to work and do their jobs, Monday through Friday, week after week, year after year. They are the core of our government. 
God is bigger than the entirety of our government. God calls us to love one another. Too many words of divisiveness have been spoken by too many people. Right now, we need a time of healing. Right now, we need a time of peace and recognizing that we have more in common than differences. Right now, we need to decide that peace is always in our best interest. 
One person may be important, but that one person is not the entirety of our government. God has given us the best possible instructions to be able to live our best possible lives. Right now, more than ever, we need to follow God’s instructions to live in peace with each other through love and understanding.  That is much more important to all of us, to our collective well-being than anything else. 

Let us pray: Oh Lord! We need your help! Our country needs your help! Please bless each person in this country with your love and peace. Please bless each person in this country with the sure knowledge that the best way to provide happiness for themselves is by living lovingly and peacefully with everyone else. Amen.
                                                         Denise Clark
                                                         Christ Servant Minister