This collection of music is meant to be a liturgy. Below are guided prayers and meditations to be a companion to your listening.
I. God is God
Take a moment to reflect on this: God is God of the nations... There is not a rogue atom in the universe beyond God's domain. Our loving God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and is guiding this world towards the Kingdom more and more every and in every generation.
“O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you.”
II Chronicles 20:6
As you reflect on this listen to "Us for Them" by Gungor.
II. Praying for Who I Don't Understand
We are taught by Christ to pray for both our loved ones and enemies, showcasing that the broad spectrum of humanity should be lifted by us in prayer. Did this election cause you to feel as though you don't know the other half of the country?
Pray for them.
End this prayer time by praying for both Secretary Clinton and President Elect Donald Trump.
Listen to "If We Were Only One" by Agents of Future
III. Recommitment to Compassion
Late in the evening of the election people on Facebook began posting variations of this sentiment:
"The sun will rise tomorrow. I will stand with marginalized people. I will stand with LGBT people.
I will stand with our Muslim Brothers and Sisters.
I will stand with the differently abled.
I will stand with non-documented immigrants.
I will stand with you if they come for you.
This is a great time for folks to come together and seek truth, seek love and to seek justice.
May we not let fear drive us.
May we choose love first.
May we never lose hope and always move forward.
Lord have mercy on our souls. Amen"
Offer yourself to God's Kingdom,
committing your life to help the "least of these".
Listen to "Brother" by The Brilliance featuring Propaganda
When finished, read this poem by Joel McKerrow:
A Blessing for the Politically Despondent.
There shall come a time,
When the way we hope it could be feels so very far away.
When the system shows itself for what it is.
When the politicians spend more time bitching than leading,
than backing those who truly need their support.
When the truth seems too hard to decipher through the lies.
When the ballot paper seems…empty of good choices.
When it doesn’t seem to even matter
which party is in power,
for they shall all wield the same.
When we are told we have the power to change our society
and yet out voting
feels like it means nothing. An appeasement of the masses
more than a piece of societal changing history.
There shall come a time,
and in that time
and in that sense of frustration
and the draw towards apathy,
may you find a higher something to hold onto.
Something above political ideals.
Something above the hollow notion of failed political promise.
Something to remind you.
Something to instil hope within you.
May you take the discouragement
and find courage somewhere within it. The courage to believe that
regardless of politics,
regardless of our leaders pandering to powerful people,
regardless of our faltered political ideals,
that there is still a way to change the world around us.
And it begins with you. And it begins with me.
And it is more than just numbering boxes on ballot paper.
For I have met the real ones. The ones who give themselves again and again to the bettering of our world. I have seen their dirty fingernails, their tired eyes, their patient sitting beside, the way they look you in the eye, the way they listen, the way they teach our high schools, the way they fight for the homeless, the way they resist the rat-race trappings of the western dream, the way they sew seeds into the community, the way they bring people together from all sides of every spectrum, the people who deserve to be politicians. And indeed some of them are.
I have seen those who refuse to give in to the disappointment,
who choose to look around them and say,
“This is what I can do. Here. Now. This is what I can do regardless.”
So may that be you. May that be me. And maybe politics wont even matter if we all chose to live like this. So lets keep voting till we get there, regardless of how empty it can feel, lets not trick ourselves into thinking this will change things even if we do nothing else. Lets keep doing more in the everydayness of our lives. I have met the real ones and what strikes me about every one of them is this…they are just normal people who choose to do something. And isn’t it always a small group of normal people making decisions like this that bring about the change we so desire.
So when the time comes may you be one of these…a real person. Doing real things to bring about real change. Even if it is just to those around you.
IV. God is God
Close with this reflection: That God is the God of the future. We hold on to hope. And we take courage and we dare to hope that "the moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice". We believe, again, that God is guiding this Kingdom as Heaven crashes into Earth.
Listen to "There is a Balm in Gilead" by Giants & Pilgrims
for your benediction.
released November 9, 2016
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