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Election Day 2020(NOT a political post)

I used to think a writer was just one who writes, but I have become less generous. I think and believe now that a writer is one who withholds words from the public until they have gotten them right in private.

Lore Wilbert

I think this is why I don’t say much about politics in this space. I withhold words for the public because I want to make sure I have it right before I say or write anything, but is it right to withhold words until we can get them ‘perfect’?

This is not a political post about who you should vote for, what policies I agree or disagree with, but a reminder of ultimately Who reigns. I was looking through my posts of four years ago, and while I did not write about politics or the election that year, I did write a post on the word Charitable. You can read it here. It was a reminder for me that you and I can disagree on many things and still be kind, be friends, get along, and even have dinner together. Sadly, that is not the message we hear on the evening news, but I want to be friends and eat together around the table with those I may not agree with on various subjects including politics and religion. While I am not the debater in our family, I still want to hear what you have to say. I think that’s one way I can love my neighbor.

It was no coincidence that I read Psalm 113 this morning.

As we go to the polls, vote, come home and watch the election results, may we remember

Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised.

The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?

Psalm 113:2-6

Let’s Talk About Anxiety

Isn’t this the truth? or is it? The year 2020 began like any other New Year. We celebrated with a bang, my husband and I went on vacation to Baltimore the end of February, and then….

COVID 19 hit and by the middle of March our world had come to a screeching halt. In the midst of not being able to go anywhere, and for a couple weeks, here in Onondaga county(central New York), we were only allowed to be out on certain days of the week depending on where your last name fell in the alphabet. All that to say, I’ve had a lot of time to think about worry, anxiety, and fear. Not only think about, but experience those emotions as well.

Where do I turn? How do I cope with all that is whirling around me?

My go-to is the Word of God, simple, but so hard to put into practice. A very well-known verse I’ve known for a long time is

…casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

How often over the years I have focused on ‘casting all your anxieties on him.’ When all along God certainly wants us to do that, but my center of focus has turned to ‘because he cares for you.’ The Creator God of the world knows me, sees me, and cares for me.

Over the next few weeks, I am making it my goal to write more here at Jody Lynne. My posts for this year have been few, I want to change that. I want to talk about fear, worry, and anxiety and where we can find help for our weary souls. In the midst of an election year, social unrest, and the ongoing pandemic, where can we turn to find rest? Less anxiety? Less fear? Less worry?

I hope you will read along.

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one to save; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will quiet you with his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

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