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My heart is broken and my spirit is greatly distressed. The prayers of many Americans were not answered as hoped. America is no longer ďone nation under God,Ē but a broken and divided nation in need of Godís healing and forgiveness. Perhaps we have not humbled ourselves enough to be rewarded with forgiveness, or have been too arrogant in seeking our own will instead of Godís will for America. Maybe we just assumed ďitís in Godís hands,Ē and there was nothing else to do but pray. But God doesnít expect us to just sit back and do nothing. Faith without works is dead. We are His instruments to accomplish His work. Apathy and unsurrendered sins can lead to the downfall of any nation.

Some did not vote because they didnít like the choices or the religious affiliation of the person. Some voted based only on the color of the skin and overlooked the consequences, even though it meant voting against moral principles. Some voted party lines without considering the moral and social consequences. Some may truly have been disillusioned and really thought they were voting for what was best for our country. Those who chose not to get involved with what Congress is planning, who chose to ignore the consequences of new laws or executive orders or who decided that what they thought was unimportant, are part of the problem. It is the responsibility of every citizen to keep informed and to act on the information presented. We cannot take the stand that we donít want to get involved in politics. The problem is bigger than just ďpolitics.Ē Itís a matter of preserving our nation as a Christian nation with all the freedoms guaranteed by our Bill of Rights, without being forced to go against our principles. Whatever the reason for the results of the recent election, all of us have to take some blame. We will have to wait to see what the results of our choices will be, but if the past is any indication of what the future will be, the fight will become harder because we will lose more of our rights as defined by our Constitution.

The fight continues. We must continue to seek Godís will for America and fight to restore our nation to her former status as a united nation, under God, a Christian nation dedicated to the faith of our Fathers. I challenge everyone who participates in a Communion service or other form of confession to pray for Godís will for America every time you pray, asking for mercy, grace and forgiveness, and to seek His guidance in how you can help to bring about the answer to your prayers. Maybe God will have mercy on us.

Gloria Hawkins, Prince Frederick