"Trust in the Lord and do good
that you may dwell in the land and live secure."
I admit it--I don't know exactly how it works when we pray for an election. I'm not sure that God manipulates elections, even if invited to do so. God gives us free will, as well as hearts, minds and consciences. Our democracy gives us the opportunity to use all four to elect the leaders of our country. If God can manipulate elections, what does that do to our free will? Are not both sides in a polarizing election praying to the same God? Confusing, isn't it? I've been learning lately that we don't pray to change God but we pray for God to change us. In other words, we don't pray to sway God's mind about something, but that God will fortify our minds and nourish our hearts to fulfill our destiny on this planet. Maybe God helps us deal with the results of our own free will? In any event, this election day, I remember the many, many people who have sacrificed to give me the privilege and responsibility to vote. My great-grandmothers couldn't vote simply because they were women, so in their honor I will humbly, and prayerfully, vote today. And I will also pray today, that God will touch the individual hearts of all in this country. For God loves us all and God resides in all of us. God bless us! Love, heidi