In These Sad and Troubled Days . . .

The election is over.  If we have been winners, it is not a time for us to gloat;  if we have been losers, it is not a time for us to despair. It’s a time of great challenge. Not only in this country but in the entire world, systems are broken and people are in pain. 

I hope that those of us who call ourselves Christians will not deny the seriousness of the situation.  I hope that we will not minimize the needs and pain of others. I hope that we will not come up with trite and hurtful comments, or offer thoughtless and easy solutions.

I hope that we will learn to listen with our hearts, as well as with our ears. I hope that we will learn how to resolve conflicts in ways that benefit everyone.

Do we not believe that God loves the world? Do we think that he love us, only?  To what needs are we going to close our eyes? To whom are we going to close our hearts? 

My following election day poem was not inspired by the results of the election.  I wrote it before I knew the results of the election. It was my response to the following Scripture. And it is an expression of where my hope lies. 

Truly my soul silently waits for God;
From Him comes my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be greatly moved. Psalm 62: 1-2 

In these sad and troubled daysaugust-rainbow-2
I will lift my voice in praise
For I know God is on his throne

I don’t know what he will do;
But he is faithful; he is true.
I am safe in his strong hand.

Will I worry and despair?
No!  I’ll cast on him my care — 
Write another song or poem.

I hope you’ll join me in this song.
Trust in God—you won’t go wrong.
He will keep his promises to you.

11/5/16 Jane Ault


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