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The Bishop’s E-Lumination 11-2-2020

by | Nov 2, 2020 | Not In USe

Dear Friends,

Where is the light? These days may seem dark and foreboding. Somehow, our faith intercedes in time of stress, anxiety, and fear, interjecting itself into our souls because of our faith in Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world. Scripture uses this metaphor to remind us of our birthright to be receivers of God’s light as well as dispensers of the light to the world through our words and actions.

As we are on the eve of Election Day in the US, here is a word of faith for today and the days to come.  “For you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of the darkness.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:5)

“So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” (2 Peter 1:19)

God’s Holy Word reminds us of who we are:  we are God’s children, and we are children of light, not of darkness. Let us live in hope, not in fear. Let us engage in works of good, not of evil. Let us live as God’s children of light and be in prayer for the nation and world.

AN INVITATION TO A SEASON OF PRAYER . . .

I am deeply concerned about the contentious election and post-election season we are experiencing. As Christ-followers, we lean upon our faith in times such as this. The stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the heightened anxiety and fear surrounding these final days of campaigning and polling.  Like many of you, I have already cast my ballot. I have been assured by Maricopa County that my ballot was received, signature verified, and my vote counted. Step one completed. The next step is to wait and see what happens next.

I invite you to make prayer a central part of these days. My concern is for the millions of people who have not yet cast their ballot; the threat of voter suppression and the roadblocks that have been created to prevent many from exercising their constitutional right to vote. Let us pray that the voting process will be safe and fair, free from violence and peaceful in its conclusion.

On the morning of November 3 and in the days until the winners of the elections are announced, I invite you to reflect on a prayer video that the Cabinet has created for such a time as this.

In the previous E-lumination, I shared some timely information which I hope you will revisit.  Written by District Superintendent, Matt Ashley, it proclaims a hope that we all have that in the final days leading up to the announcement of the winners of the 2020 elections, peace will prevail. Our trust is in God’s care for each of us, the peaceful transition out of the election season, and an entry into the future with commitment by all parties to work toward unity.

This week, your Council of Bishops will be meeting virtually. We will be discussing many topics of concern to The United Methodist Church. We will affirm the right to vote, and the right to a fair election and the hope we all pray for, a peaceful national response to the elections after they are over. These are the hallmarks of a statement I signed.

Will you join me to uphold our nation in prayer in the days to come? I am asking you to join with me for five minutes each day until we have the results of all the elections, from the President to the local leadership, announced and official. I commit to five minutes each day, beginning TODAY. If one of you joins me, that’s 10 minutes of prayer. Will you add your heart and soul to this season of prayer and multiply the voices lifted to God?

“Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.” (Isaiah 58:8)

In hope and faith,

Bishop Bob

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The video prayer is available at https://youtu.be/ON_Kajmr59U

Click here to access the video script.

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