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My Favorite Candidate

Dear Garland Church Family,

I’m writing this on Wednesday morning, the day after our national elections and…old news by the time you read this…Donald Trump has been declared our President-elect.  Amy and I watched the election coverage on Tuesday evening, flipping around between the four major news outlets whenever they annoyed us.  And now this morning, there’s more of the same: over-the-top excitement that this candidate won or that issue got passed, or deep-in-the-dungeon despair that this other candidate lost or that initiative got voted down.  I care about these matters too, but for me, the sun has neither risen in any truly fresh new way nor has the sky fallen.  It’s not just a cliché for me to say—and live—as though I believe God is above all of this.

And so this morning as I met with the Lord for morning prayer, my eyes caught Psalm 146. I read it with interest and share it with you to contend with either your joys or your fears as they relate to whomever just got elected or whatever just got passed:

Praise the Lord!
Let all that I am praise the Lord.
I will praise the Lord as long as I live.
I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.
Don’t put your confidence in powerful people;
there is no help for you there.
When they breathe their last, they return to the earth,
and all their plans die with them.
But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,
whose hope is in the Lord their God…
He made heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them.
He keeps every promise forever.
He gives justice to the oppressed
and food to the hungry.
The Lord frees the prisoners.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.
The Lord loves the godly.
The Lord protects the foreigners among us.
He cares for the orphans and widows,
but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.
The Lord will reign forever.
He will be your God, O Jerusalem, throughout the generations.
Praise the Lord!

The Lord is MY favorite candidate!  He is powerful and trustworthy beyond measure!

May the Lord grant us his grace to our nation in this time of transition…Pastor Rod

Darcy Stockdill