For now, it is important to feel what we feel, but soon we must move into the future. It is what happens now that the election is over—how we treat one another, how we respect one another, how we love one another—that will make or break our future. Now is the time for us to listen deeply and to work compassionately in the pursuit of liberty and justice for all God’s people. It is the church’s particular gift to seek unity even in our vast diversity.
So I hope that you will join me in faithful prayer for our great country. I pray that all our elected leaders will embrace their new and continuing responsibilities with decency, humility, integrity, wisdom and a commitment to the truth. I pray that they will demonstrate leadership and character that will model for our children the best that we can be. William Sloane Coffin once said, “the world is too dangerous for anything but truth, and too small for anything but love.” It is my prayer that we will always have the courage to speak truth when there is danger, and the audacity to risk love when we encounter animosity.