Good morning everyone. I was up at 6:00 am — in time to see the clear night sky with the almost-full moon glowing down on us. I saw Mars glowing huge and brilliant last night, now Venus is taking its turn, rising in the eastern sky as bright as a headlight in the darkness.
Thinking about the situation in the US as voters go to the poll today, I feel as apprehensive as I did on Dec 31, 1999. Remember how we all held our breath, wondering if all our systems would still work on Jan 1, 2000 — or if those dire predictions about a technological crash would come to pass? Remember all the warnings? Computer systems and banking systems all over the world would crash; we’d lose all our data, all our money.
Today we’re wondering what changes this day will bring to our American friends and families? We’re all watching with anticipation — perhaps apprehension. It looks like our daily prompters are of the same mind.
The Ragtag Daily Prompt this morning is TENTERHOOKS. According to Lexico, refers to a state of suspense or agitation because of uncertainty about a future event. A great description of how millions of people are feeling today. And Fandango’s One-Word Challenge is ANTICIPATE. Just as we all anticipated life would go on normally on 01/01/2000, so we anticipate the furor will fizzle and the US will carry on tomorrow.
Through the marvels of technology I was able to listen by phone to an hour of singing yesterday evening. A group from one of our Kansas congregations inspired us listeners with their hymns, well chosen for the hour. Songs to remind us that, come what may, we can put our trust in our Heavenly Father. One of the brethren there closed the evening with a prayer, especially asking God to guide their nation today. He prayed that all believers would be good and compliant citizens regardless of the political situation.
Here’s a Bible verse to encourage believers in troubled times: