Whatever we thought things should be like today, they are the way they are.
Help us to remember that even though many of the women and men we elected yesterday are named after saints and monarchs, they are still human and fallible and need our support and our admonitions.
Help us to remember that those who opposed us and lost are still part of who we are. Help us to remember that those who opposed us and won are still our friends and neighbors. Even when our candidate has been elected or our measure has passed, help us to remember that other ideas and voices are still there and still important.
Help us to remember that truth and right and wrong are not defined by slogans, or polls, or even votes, but by you and your message of compassion and justice.
May we who are the followers listen carefully for your message of hope, peace, and love, and repeat that message loudly enough and often enough that those in front cannot doubt where we are to be led. May all the men and women we have chosen to serve us and lead us do so with your wisdom and guidance.
- November 2004, Newsletter of the Faith United Church of Ada and the Beltrami United Methodist Church