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That verse comes from Corinthians 13 and is most commonly associated with weddings, not elections. No matter, here it is:
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
Within a few days decisions will be made about who will be administering the laws of our land. Whoever 'wins' or 'loses' there are going to be a lot of angry people, if the papers and the social media are any reflection.
And it seems that we all have a decision to make. Do we choose to be angry with the results if they aren't what we wanted? Or do we choose another way?
Angry isn't the way I want to go through life. It isn't the way I want to be with my neighbors and friends and family based on what they believe in and why. And it certainly isn't the way I want to react to the people elected to represent us and make the decisions about our city or state or nation.
For my part, I am praying to choose respect and a sense of wonder over anger. I pray to remember that people I love and admire voted for the people that are elected. I am praying to choose love over 'being right', whatever that is. And I am praying to remember the last part of that bible verse.....
"Right now three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love."