My friend, may I ask you a question? As Christians, do we always need to be ready to work with others for the common good? Does that means we need to put our own personal political beliefs aside and focus our abilities working within community, for community?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

Summer; growing up, that meant two things to me: freedom from school and the freedom to play baseball whenever I wanted to. There were enough kids on my block to field two teams even though we might be short an outfielder or some- one from the opposing team had to catch. It was all about the team, though. The nature of the game was boys relying on one another to field and throw, bat and run. That took a group effort. You couldn’t play the game alone. I can still remember the harmonic sound of cracking bat, yelling fielders and the staccato of tennis shoes racing to first base. It was a symphony of orchestrated noise that only a dusty old vacant lot could offer on a summer day.

When it comes to being an American, is there an innate harmony to our citizenship or has teamwork gone by the board?

Here’s a thought from Georgia Anne Geyer: I have come to the conclusion that it’s impossible to have a moral community or nation without faith in God, because without it everything rapidly comes down to “me,” and “me” alone is meaningless. Today Americans have stopped acting on what they knew was right – and the “me” has become the measure of everything. However, moral societies are the only ones that work. If anyone thinks there is not a direct and invaluable relationship between personal integrity in a society and that society’s prosperity, that person has simply not studied history. And this should not surprise us. Great moral societies, built upon faith in God, honor, trust, and the law blossom because they are harmonious; because people have a common belief in something beyond themselves. (Georgia Anne Geyer)

As Christians, you and I always need to be ready to work with others for the common good. That means we need to put our own personal political beliefs aside and focus our abilities working within community, for community. That means working well with others even when their political beliefs aren’t necessarily ours. When it comes to making this a better nation, the key to change isn’t in what we personally believe. Rather, the key is what we do with others as directed by God’s Word. Building a better America has everything to do with the harmony of “us” and not our own personal comfort; an effort none of us can do alone.

We pray. O Almighty and Everlasting God, our prayer request is for our nation–the United States of America. We pray that God will be with us, and that our nation will always prevail and prosper. We pray that this message will be proclaimed from pulpits around our nation without shame. We pray that all Americans put goodness first before themselves; that in God’s name they will be obedient to His laws, bring Him their praise, and never stop blessing one another with the Spirit’s touch of His grace. God bless us all and may we keep the flames of goodness alive so that all the world may know that God has truly blessed America. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to ”This Passing Day!”

<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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