Monday, November 14, 2016

Be Thou My Vision and Leonard Cohen Meet (repost)

Since the great Canadian songwriter Leonard Cohen passed away this last week, I thought I would repost this very encouraging video I had originally posted leading up to Holy Week 2014. A priest adapts Cohen's Hallelujah and does a marvelous job on a young couple's wedding day. 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

I Voted After All

I did decide to vote after all; I did so with an absentee ballot. I voted after a sister-in-Christ recently gave me a loving but firm challenge that revealed my deeply-held cynicism. I repented as cynicism is the enemy of faith.

Here were some recent thoughts to a men's group I am a part of:

Regarding the election, in a tightly-contested election, Nebraska with its five "split" electoral votes could be a difference-maker. I voted as a resident of Nebraska since that was my last place of residence. I didn't like my options on my ballot, but I especially did not like the Trump option. 

Freshman Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska, brother-in-Christ and member of a PCA church in Fremont, NE is a rising star in the Republican party and write-in candidate this year for some high profile people- he has stood against Trump from day one, despite pressure from his own party. Sasse' profile could raise by the 2020 election cycle and who knows? He is a thoughtful and capable leader. Pray for Sasse- here he is on the US Senate floor talking about C.S. Lewis' impact on his life:

I did not "write-in" Sasse this election cycle since I felt strongly it was more important to "stop Trump," but I am also concerned for a Clinton presidency as well. The best I can hope for is a rocky Clinton presidency for the next four years with the hope of a correction in 2020.

"I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."
-1 Tim. 2:1-4