BY REV. TIM NAPPE
HARBOR OF JOY LUTHERAN CHURCH
It seems like it has already been a long season! It has been one long day after another. Just when you start to think that we are getting to the end of it, another wave hits and the season seems to stretch off into the future. Is there any end in sight?
You might think that I am talking about winter. And even though it has been a long and snowy season, there is an end in sight. Just a couple more weeks until spring officially comes!
I am actually talking about a different season, the campaign season. It seems to go on forever! Even though we have been in the midst of it for months now, it will continue to stretch through the spring, the summer and into the fall.
Our final votes will not be tallied until November.
We will be hearing much more about Hillary, Bernie, the Donald, Ted, Marco, etc. Theirs are the names that will dominate much of the future. But we will also still hear about the current president and administration. President Obama's term is not yet complete and there is much that he hopes to accomplish in the last months of his tenure.
There will still be much spoken and written about Democrats, Republicans, and independents. Liberals, conservatives, evangelicals, blacks, Hispanics, the young, the old, men, women, and dozens of other pigeon-holed constituencies will be polled, examined and dissected.
It has already been scrutinized ad infinitum.
We have the privilege of living in the country where we have the opportunity to express our opinion, vote our conscience and express the will of the people. It is a great privilege. We are blessed!
But we also have a responsibility to support and pray for the leaders who are currently holding office. We are to pray for and offer our encouragement to those who are seeking to be elected to office.
As talented and wise as any of these leaders might be, they are human beings, fallible and prone to temptation. There are none who are perfect and none of them will be able to stand without guilt or flaw.
I want to share the words of Psalm 20 with you. It is a prayer and a blessing upon the leader. It was written 3,000 years ago by David and the form of government during his lifetime was a monarchy. He is praying for and expressing his support for the king.
In our time and place, we are not praying for the King, but I hope that you are praying for our current and future presidents, congressmen and women, senators, judges, governors, legislators, mayors, supervisors, and leaders. They are being entrusted with authority and responsibility of their office and need your prayers and support.
Here is Psalm 20, a prayer and blessing on the leader of the nation:
"May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings.
May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord grant all your requests.
Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.
O Lord, save the king (president)!
Answer us when we call!"
Remember, you can trust God during any season; even in the campaign season!