I try not to be the least bit political in this blog because I think God transcends human politics. But maybe you are like me and are deeply troubled by the state of things. Maybe, you, like me, have let the fear that has been hanging in the political air seep into your body and are finding it hard to breathe.
For days and days I have been asking God to quell my fears and remove my anxieties about the upcoming election and the future of our nation. I have been imploring God to help me know in my depths that no matter what outcome, we all ultimately remain safe in God’s arms.
And then I turn to the reading of the day and find this excerpt from Job. After a time of tremendous trial Job receives these words of comfort: your life will make a dawn of darkness…full of hope you will live secure, dwelling well and safely guarded (Job 11:17-18)
I am profoundly grateful for these words and they do give me comfort. I practice deep breathing, allowing my exhale to extend longer than my inhale as I have learned in yoga class. In my mind I hear the words of the e.e. cummings poem…I carry your heart in my heart. What could be safer than that…to dwell in the heart of God?
I want to stay in that space longer but I know I must return to my troubled world. I pray to be freed from the attachment to my desired outcome and to instead lean into the mystery of life unfolding. The good news is that I am not alone. Christ walks with me and together we walk in hope.