Citizens across the country and Montana have exercised their precious right to vote, expressing
their vision of hope for the future. While we await the results of the presidential election, we
offer our prayers for all those elected to office, asking the Lord to provide them the grace to
serve well, with hearts and minds attuned to the needs of all, particularly the most vulnerable. In
gratitude, we pray as well for all other candidates who ran for public office and thank them for
the sacrifices they made and their willingness to offer their lives in service to our communities.
Elections serve as a reminder of the great blessing we enjoy as American citizens, living in a
country where we have a voice in choosing those who will serve in governmental leadership.
This freedom to participate is a treasured cornerstone of our democracy secured through the
sacrifice of so many over the centuries. It is a great gift and one we should always work to
preserve; This gift reflects the truth that all persons have inherent dignity, each one of us having
been created in the image and likeness of God.
While we find ourselves living through tumultuous times, we have persevered in faith through
contentious elections and daunting challenges before. In times such as these, we have come
together offering the best of ourselves, standing in solidarity with a shared commitment to
building a society where justice and peace flourish. The ideals of our nation and principles of our
faith call us to be courageous in working together for the common good and choosing the path of
peaceful dialogue over violence and dehumanizing rhetoric.
Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, calls us to be beacons of hope and joyful witnesses to his
healing love. Let us join together to prayerfully sow the seeds of reconciliation and bring healing
to the wounded places within our communities and families. Trusting in God’s grace, we can
embrace our shared mission and individual responsibility to build a better world for all.
In Christ’s Peace,