Election Prayer: Counting and Peace

Lord, help us during this time of anxiety and illness and woe to pursue peace.

Peace is not the quiet, stilled silence of two different sides, but the active and creative power that you put into being when you created the world.

God, you know it’s funny that you’ve made us to be counting beings.

When I am anxious at night, I count sheep, sometimes I count steps or play counting games to distract myself.

We’ve even been counting off scripture at worship: reading “together” at home when I hold up my fingers 1-10.

And sometimes we advise each other to count our blessings when things look their bleakest.

When Abraham was worried about his legacy, God advised him to count the grains of sand, or to count the stars.

When my son, who has autism, is anxious he counts off the schedule on your fingers.

One finger: go to the store, second finger: go to the bank, third finger: go to the blue house (home) and play iPad.

All will be well as long as he ends up home playing iPad.

God, I am aware that we are counting first: vote, second: wait (and wait and wait) for the results, third: accept the results and peacefully pass power, fourth: so we can all end up safe at home.

Funny how we are counting, each and every vote to pursue peace. Funny, and not so funny, because it fits so well.

Help us to count, God.

Help us count every single vote. Help us count as an act of peace.

Help us to count each and every vote. Help us to count each and every person as a child of God. Help us to count the steps of peace.




One Lord and Savior, Two Natures, Three Persons

One breath out, Two short breaths out, On Three we sigh together

(Just to be clear) One breath out, Two short breaths out, On Three we sigh together

One, Two, Three. Phew.


Author: katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.

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