Today is the day after another tightly contested election. Much is at stake. I know we feel on edge and anxious about the future, about the pandemic, about our nation’s leadership. Poll workers will continue to tally every vote in the coming days. Every vote, of course, deserves to be counted; every voter deserves to be heard.
Thank you to each of you who voted, who drove someone else to the polls, who discerned and weighed the candidates and questions, who prayed for our nation and our world.
So what do we do now on this day after, when everything seems to still hang in the balance? What do we do with our anger, our dread, our fear, our hope, and our yearning for transformation for our nation?
Perhaps there is wisdom in scripture on this day after.
In Genesis 1, we are blessed with a Creation story, how God moves to carefully lay out the heavens and the earth, the night and the day, and all living things, including humanity. On the seventh day, God rests, taking a long day off after a grueling and creative work week.
A shallow reading of this scripture would suggest that God finished with Creation and is done. The Alpha and Omega is now on a long and deserved vacation for millennia.
A more careful reading invites us to see the seven days of Creation as a cycle. On the seventh day, yes, God rests, but on the first day of the next week, God continues creating and sustaining the beauty of this earth, the very oxygen that we breath, and the seasons that bring abundance, change, and rhythm to our lives.
The day after God finished bringing all things into being, God gets back to work.
As people of faith, whatever we are feeling about this election, whether it is anger, confusion, joy, or resignation, we too are invited to take this day after as an invitation to get back to the creative, life-giving work of Christ’s kin-dom. If you need to lament, lament. If you need to rest, rest. If you need to pray, pray. And then, let’s get up and get our hands and feet messy for Jesus.
Let’s get up and use our lives to bring about justice and peace for our hurting communities.
Let’s get up and stand in solidarity with those crying out for change.
Let’s get up and comfort those walking in grief.
Let’s get up and build relationships to let others know about Jesus.
Let’s get up and steward our gifts for the glory of God.
How is God calling you to use your energy on this day after?
Whatever the next few days bring, may we have the courage and strength to get back up and get back to work, bringing heaven on earth with God’s help.
— Rev. Nathan Hill