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Being Thankful: Politics and Family

by | Nov 3, 2022 | Conference Newsletter

Thanksgiving is fast approaching. I have read many authors who suggest that taking time to remember at least one thing each day for which you are thankful will keep you content. I am very thankful for my family; my children and my husband, my siblings and their spouses and their children. We had the joy in October of welcoming a new sister-in-law and that indeed is a blessing. And now, we walk with her as she begins the process of becoming a citizen of the United States.

On October 6, 1774, John Wesley wrote in his Journal:

“I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them…

  1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy.
  2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against, and
  3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”

— John Wesley, The Journal of John Wesley

I thought about those words as I filled out my ballot last week and mailed it in. I know that I voted for the candidate in each office that I judged most worthy. I wish that I didn’t have to listen to the campaign speeches in which one candidate speaks evil against their opponent, but that seems to be the way most political speeches have been made this election. It is difficult to see how spirits are not sharpened against those who vote on the other side when the rhetoric is so negative. I would be very thankful if these three suggestions from John Wesley would inform our political process!

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Author: Alberta Farnsworth

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