Driving to the polls I pulled out my prayer beads and prayed in the car. I walked in, smiled and expressed thanks to the people who got up so early to run everything. Classic American scene. Polling booths in an elementary school gym. I found an open booth underneath a basketball hoop.
I stood quietly and made my selections. Having made the selections, I went back and found the names of the Presidential ticket I was not voting for. Gazing at the names I tried to bring their faces to mind. Holding them before my heart and mind, I prayed:
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you. And give you peace.I waited until I was sure that the prayer was real, that I held nothing back. I then paused a second time, my finger poised over the "Cast Ballot" button. I prayed:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.And then I pushed the button.