Pray after you vote

Questions of the Evening

I’m pretty settled in my plan of action for voting, so why do I keep turning to news outlets, and sicken myself – over and over again – by what I hear and see? What is this compulsion, this (bad) habit or vice that drives me to the latest headline or turn of events, even when I know that the mass media is the biggest producer of unreality and mostly a waste of time? Who is saying what now?

>> The 2016 election is a bad soap opera (not that I’m aware of any good soap operas). It is totally unnecessary to torture myself so. Que sera, sera. And I will vote. And you will vote. And hopefully everyone who can will participate in the election.

And Jesus Christ remains the victor.

For every minute of mass media you consume, do you consume one minute of scripture and another minute of prayer? Might we tip the scales in greater favor of Truth and Reality with a fast from the detritus proffered by “mainstream” mass media?

>> May tonight’s psalm settle stomachs and guide us on. May we be at peace in Christ, no matter the turn of events, and continue to hope in the promises of God.

Evening Prayer

Psalm of the Evening: 37:1–9

Do not be provoked by evildoers;
do not envy those who do wrong.

Like grass they wither quickly;
like green plants they wilt away.

Trust in the LORD and do good
that you may dwell in the land and live secure.

Find your delight in the LORD
who will give you your heart’s desire.

Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will act

And make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
your justice like noonday.

Be still before the LORD;
wait for him.
Do not be provoked by the prosperous,
nor by malicious schemers.

Refrain from anger; abandon wrath;
do not be provoked; it brings only harm.

Those who do evil will be cut off,
but those who wait for the LORD will inherit the earth.

Scripture of the Evening: 2 Corinthians 1:18–22

As God is faithful, our word to you is not “yes” and “no.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was proclaimed to you by us, Silvanus and Timothy and me, was not “yes” and “no,” but “yes” has been in him. For however many are the promises of God, their Yes is in him; therefore, the Amen from us also goes through him to God for glory. But the one who gives us security with you in Christ and who anointed us is God; he has also put his seal upon us and given the Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.

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