After the Election, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

after-the-electionOur nation is still reeling over the recent Presidential election.  Many are fearful and disappointed with the results and many are happy.  In this article, Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a colleague and self-syndicated columnist who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality, health and trends, offers a possible solution to the growing unrest we are witnessing daily.  He shares his unique (spiritual) insight along with statements by others who have been instrumental in healing and calming political divisiveness in our past. Read Tim’s powerful and unifying article it has a thought provoking message that could make a difference-it has in the past!

The election is over. Some are happy, some are not. It would seem as if closing the political divisiveness in this nation would be like moving mountains. Election night, I couldn’t help but think of these words from President Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive to work on to finish the work we are in to bind up the nation’s wounds….to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” Lincoln’s words still breathe wisdom and common sense into our political system today.

As we face the days ahead, it may be good to remember those words from the Pledge of Allegiance, “one nation…”. We may have human differences in the way we look and what we believe – differences of race, color, religion, political philosophy, ethnicity, and gender, but we are “one nation”. The next words of the Pledge state, “…under God…” We have one very important thing in common – we all have a spiritual identity as a child of God, inherently united by our common Parent. It is this realization that will help us look past our human differences and feel divine unity and freedom.

The Bible is full of instances of individuals praying for their nation and its people. Jesus took a more universal view, as indicated in the opening words of the Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father.” His inclusive attitude toward non-Jews, seen in his conversation with the woman of Samaria, for example, suggest he meant the Father of all of us – not just of one religion or nationality.

Following Jesus’ example, Christian Science discoverer Mary Baker Eddy also saw God as universal Truth and Love. She wrote, “One infinite, God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars;” and annihilates “whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes;…”(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 340).

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org