recommend this Book of the Bible formeditation; it is a story of treachery andtriumph, fear and heroism. Now, whatdoes it mean for us? I believe that this isa story for our own time, and here is why:The national election is now over and wehave the first African-AmericanPresident-Elect in history – actually aman who is bi-racial, son of an immigrantand raised by a single mother. Obviouslythe American people have spoken, andtime will tell if the choice was a wise one.Many people are jubilant and excited;many others – though less to be sure – aredisappointed and even fearful. Let’s putpolitics aside, for they have no place inthis Reflection. Let’s focus, rather, onwhat is a major issue and a majorconcern: The sanctity of life from theconception to death. Even though thereare other important issues for the life andwelfare of our nation, the issue of abortion was, and is, the #1 andoverriding issue for me. Our newPresident-Elect, in his interview withRick Warren, said in reply to the questionas to when life begins, “That is above mypay-grade.” And that, to me, is horrific.Please, again note that I am not being atall political. I believe that ourresponsibility now is to support ourPresident, pray for him, seek God’sguidance for him. But the fact is that,without a miraculous intervention(definitely possible through prayer), thekilling of unborn babies will continue.We are at about 48,000,000 (that’smillion!) in our country since the Roe v.Wade decision, about 4,000,000 a year.Put that in perspective with the EuropeanHolocaust during World War II, one of the most terrible acts of genocide inhistory. The Holocaust had 6,000,000victims; that is only about 13% of theAmerican Holocaust. So, brothers andsisters, the unborn babies are representedby the Jewish people in exile during thetime of Esther. They are beingslaughtered, just as the Jews then almostwere. In the words of the Holy Spiritspoken through Mordecai:
“Who knowsbut that you have done to royal position for such a time as this?”
Our royal position isbeing members of the Body of Christ, aliving priesthood joined with the ultimatePriesthood, that of our Lord Jesus Christ.We do not have to approach the Kingwith fear, but we do indeed need to havethe courage to stand up and proclaim thesanctity of life – even at the risk of beingseen as narrow-minded or fanatical. Andhere is the bottom line of this Reflection:Folks, regardless of our politicalpersuasions, all American Christians arecalled by God to pray, pray fervently, forour nation and for our elected officials.This is my opinion: We just cannotexpect God to continue blessing theUnited States of America when wecontinue to kill so many of the mostinnocent citizens of our nation. Theeconomy is important, to be sure; but itpales in comparison to the seriousness of the life issue. And, finally, I firmly andpassionately believe that God will indeedperform miracles within the hearts of people when His people pray that Hisperfect will be done. There may be otherreasons why Barack Obama is ourPresident-Elect, reasons that we simplycannot know with our limited knowledge.But I do know without the shadow of adoubt that the hearts of people who – inall good conscience – support abortionrights can be changed. We are the oneswho at this time need to be ferventlypraying, not with the spirit of thePharisee but with that of the Publican – with repentance for our own sins first,and then for the awakening of our greatnation.
“How to Dance in the Rain: It was a busymorning, about 8:30, when an elderlygentleman in his 80’s arrived to havestitches removed from his thumb. Hesaid he was in a hurry, as he had anappointment at 9:00. I took his vital signsand asked him to take a seat, knowing itwould be over an hour before someonewould be able to see him. I saw him