International Day for Tolerance Novena: Day 3 | Community & Faithfulness
Despite all the doomsday warnings we received about this year’s election, the world did not end when the polls closed. We continue on today, and our communities survive.
Community, in fact, can be a great source of strength and healing for us. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter whether we voted the same way our neighbors voted—they are still our neighbors, and we are knit together in a community that must work in harmony in order to function.
Try to find healing in the common ground you share with your community. Perhaps that common ground is little more than the fact that you live in the same place. But that is enough. That allows you to come together for the common good in whichever circumstances you may find yourselves.
We ask God to grant us the fruit of the Spirit, faithfulness, that it may create in us a clean and loving heart with enough room for all those in our communities. Together with Bishop Reed, we pray:
As we move in our communities after this stressful election season, we can choose one of two paths. The first path is one that does not trust in God and causes us to become fearful and turned in on ourselves. The second path is one of faithfulness, which creates open hearts full of God’s love, bursting to move in the community and build bridges.