This is not another blog posting on our political climate. Anyone that knows me knows I’m as political as my dog, Benny. No, I am not going there. But there is something to be said about the anxiety we are all feeling in the United States. We are bombarded by opinions, feelings and news about who to vote for in the looming election. It is literally exhausting. The passion that some feel about their choice is not only difficult to ignore, it is divisive. And after the election, there may still be division and emotion. So our anxiety is this: Is it all going to be okay?
If you ask my husband, he will tell you that my favorite words are, “Yes, it is all going to be okay.” I ask him all the time and this is what he always tells me. Because no matter what we go through, even if it isn’t the way we would like, it always is okay because we have each other. And I think that is the way of our faith. Julian of Norwich, a medieval mystic, wrote, “All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.” Because underneath it all, God loves us. Plain and simple. God loves us so much that God put on skin to show it. This truth is a deep part of us. If we trust this deep wisdom, no matter what happens in our lives or in this election, it is all going to be okay.
The first reading for this Sunday is from the Book of Wisdom, which says, “But you spare all things, because they are yours, O Lord and lover of souls, for your imperishable spirit is in all things! (11:26-12:1).” Listen to the words. We belong to God. God loves our souls and is a part of all things. We are surrounded by and soaked in the love of the Lord. All things change but this is a constant. It is such a comfort. We cannot hide from it. It’s in us.
So next time you begin to feel fear creep in and you worry what will happen with the state of the union, take a breath. God has our back. Hold on to the deeper truth that we have each other and a God that loves us. We’ll figure it out. It’s all going to be okay in the end.