Yesterday our country participated in one of the most divisive elections in our history—certainly the most divisive in my lifetime, and I’ve been voting since Ford lost to Carter. No matter which side claimed victory, we all knew there would be angst and mourning for the other side.
My prayer today is that the winning side will be gracious in its success, that both sides will be reminded that the idea of this country is greater than any single president. We all believe in equality, justice and freedom—of speech, to raise our children as we see fit, to work in any honest profession, to practice our faith without challenge. Whether we’re liberal or conservative, I think that much we can agree upon.
Both sides love this country, even though our vision for America is so different. I’ve just listened to Hillary Clinton’s concession speech, and in it she said we all owe the new president an open mind. This, as anyone has learned whose candidate hasn’t won, whether in this election or one in the past, is easier said than done. But I do pray both sides will strive for peace and respect for each other.
May God continue to bless this great nation, one that was formed amid more miracles than most of us realize. God has not forgotten us, and I pray we won’t forget Him. Let’s remember to pray for all the leaders of this nation!