This week’s Meditation is a day early because I’ll be attending the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s Post Conference Planning Meeting in Florence, South Carolina on this Wednesday through Friday. The Planning Meeting begins on the day after we elect the President of the United States, and the polls show that the race is as tight as can be.
Some people will be excited and energized by the election’s results, others will be disconsolate and discouraged, but the Planning Meeting’s Opening Worship Service will still begin with the familiar words that call those in the AME Church to worship. By tradition, AME’s open worship with a “Doxology,” a short hymn of praise that begins with the words, “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.”
Those words will be exceptionally appropriate on the day after the General Election and will serve as a reminder that regardless of the outcome of the election, God still has all power and rules this world and that come what may, we can still praise God.
Let that “Doxology” set the tempo for your daily life. The United States of America elects a President every four years, but each new days brings us all our share of triumph and trials, of delight and disappointment, of clear blessings and confusing situations. Life’s ups and downs and can easily leave us wrestling with stress and uncertainty, but even in a world of changes, we can be assured that God still has all power, still rules this world and still knows just how much we can bear. When we know that, we can still Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Trust in, call on, and walk with the Lord every day. When you do, you’ll find new consolation, new direction, certain reassurance and, regardless of life’s twists and turns, you can still look to the Lord and say as does one contemporary Gospel song, “You are the source of my strength, you are the strength of my life, I lift my hands in total praise to you.”