“On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand” – so begins the refrain of that hymn that is so part of our being. “On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand. All other ground is sinking sand.” When I was in Seminary, that hymn was a regular part of our chapel services. A fond memory is being in the chapel and a group of men gathered, singing those words of our faith in rich baritone and bass voices. Somehow those full voices singing did indeed create a firm foundation not only for our gathered community but also for me in the living of those days. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand.
I find myself in these waning days, before our national and local elections, surrounded by an uncomfortable anxiety. What will happen? Will the results be accepted? How will the winners respond? How will those who come in second react? Where is our nation headed? Those are a few of the things that float about in my head. Sometimes those thoughts can be scary. Sometimes those thoughts cause me to feel powerless. Sometimes I would simply like to be an ostrich and put my head in the sand until things become settled sometime in the future.
In a moment of seeming clarity, it hearkens on me that indeed those things that go on in my head can be fear-producing. I believe that those fears come from looking to my perspective, my position, my limited vision – all of which causes me to pause. In that pause, I am reminded of the words of my faith: “On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand. All other ground is sinking sand.”
My part is to vote. By all means, vote. Our civic responsibility demands nothing less: VOTE.
My faith allows me to rest in the abiding trust in a loving God that desires for us better things than I can ask or imagine. It is this faith in God that who holds us all in hope and moves us ever towards the kingdom where “God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
As I live in pre-election anxiety, I am calmed by the sure confidence that it is on Christ, the solid Rock, I stand and the realization that all other else is sinking sand.
My friends, pray, vote and stand on Christ, our true hope and our sure foundation.
The Rev. Sarah Nelson