The night before the recall

As the day went on today, Capitol Square began to show signs of tomorrow’s election. Once again, media descended. I passed one reporter filing a story from the median on W. Wash. I’m told MSNBC and Fox News are here again, as well. No doubt there are others, but I didn’t walk the square to see. As evening came, car horns played the rhythm of “This is what democracy looks like.

Still, life on the square continued as it does on an early summer evening. It’s First Monday, so we opened our doors to feed shelter guests and community residents. I left early, hoping there would be enough food, because it was obvious that there would be a large number of people dining with us who wouldn’t be staying in the shelter (where numbers have been averaging around 60 since the first of June.

It may have been quiet except for the homeless on our side of the square, but on another corner, things were picking up. Here’s a photo, retweeted by The Daily Page (originally from Judith Davidoff), of the gathering at the King St. entrance:

Who knows what tomorrow will bring? Those I talk with express their concern and anxiety and as I mentioned in my sermon on Sunday, whatever happens tomorrow, we will still need to work together toward the common good (even if some don’t see that as value or goal).

I’m pondering a pastoral response in these days, what to say and do. At this point, besides voting, I suppose the only actions I can take besides voting are to pray and to continue to make Grace Church a sacred presence on the square. We will have noonday prayer tomorrow and Eucharist on Wednesday (both at 12:10 pm) and the church will be open before and after those times for people to come in.

I read as a concluding collect in Sunday’s prayers of the people the following:

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart [and especially the hearts of the people of this land], that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen. (BCP p. 823)


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