Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Date: November 4, 2020

I am writing this commentary at 6 p.m. on Election Day. Naturally, the results at this time are unknown. All the indicators are that the results might not be confirmed for several days. So we are in a waiting time. Waiting is a Christian virtue. As Advent looms, we are reminded of the obligation to wait and prepare. In Christian theology, the second coming of our Lord is the promise that God’s intended outcome of a world of justice and love is a standard by which we judge the present. Our role, as the Lord’s Prayer reminds us, is to pray “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” So we have an obligation to use this waiting time to work hard to inch towards a world that God wants.  As we wait, we have a responsibility to trust and hope. We have a responsibility to witness to the values of the kingdom – peace, justice, and love. We have a responsibility to be careful with our words and ensure that we are agents of grace rather than agents of destructiveness. There is work we are called to do as we wait. May God help us to do it. The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President

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