The months leading up to this election have been long and the words have been ugly. But today, the sun rose and the God of yesterday is God today and tomorrow and the many tomorrows to come. Some awoke today happy, some sad and some confused but God is still God.
There has never been a more important time for God's people to be in concert as a nation and as people of faith. We must listen to one another and not simply the headline hype and rhetoric of the pundits. Our future is secure in the knowledge that God is with us.
It is time to pray for our leaders. May God give them the wisdom to lead with eyes open to see the needs of the people and the ears to hear their cries.
May we, people of faith, be reminded of our clarion call to bring good news to the poor, release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind. We must stand for the least and the lost, the oppressed and the marginalized protecting the rights of children, immigrant families, African-Americans, Latinos - all of God's children.
And as my colleague and friend Bishop Ken Carter has said, "The Kingdom of God is not the United States of America." Let us not confuse the two.
May we live in a spirit of hope and never of fear.
Grace and Peace,
Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey