God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. 1 Timothy 6:15-16 (NIV)
The news media has proclaimed today is the most important day in the modern history of the United States. They say that the election to be settled today will be a turning point in our country’s future. That today will determine who we as Americans will become. While I agree that this election was important, I do not believe it was any more critical than any other election in our country’s history. Because every election can have important outcomes whether it is a local election for School Board or County Commission, Mayor or Fire Commissioner or whether it is for President or a member of Congress. We have had nasty campaigns in the past. In 1856, in a local election in our county, the newspaper printed letters where candidates called each other names like “wide mouthed politician.” Negative campaigning has been around since cavemen chose the chief, but we hear about it more in this day of immediate and widespread coverage. I pick up my mail at a post office and their recycle bin has been overflowing in the last few months as my neighbors and I dump the trash that pretends to be advertisements. I admit to being very blasé about the entire campaign, not really feeling like anyone truly represents me. That explains why I am not even watching the news right now, and why I spent the day going about my usual business with one very important exception. Yes, I went to vote and the process only took about ten minutes despite a two page, two sided, confusing ballot with eleven proposed amendments to our state constitution. The nine hour waits of early voters worked to my advantage because on Election Day, the lines were nonexistent. That was not the most important thing I did today or the most time consuming. The most important decision I made today was what kind of shoes I would buy for youngest son’s wedding. The ceremony will be at the beach which rules out heels of any kind. I do not want to sink into the sand. Also sandals will not be appropriate because I do not like sand in between my toes. I will be on my feet a lot tending to the reception so decided on closed toed flats, but what color and style? I will most likely wear a pair of pants that look like a long skirt. They are black with sparkles of silver. I found a charcoal colored sheer blouse that will look good over a black satin camisole. So, should I get silver shoes or black ones? Patent leather or metallic? Shiny or dull? I perused the shoe selections carefully and then, I saw the ones. Glittery silver flats with a comfortable sole for less than $30. Sold! I have never been a girly girl, but those sparkly shoes make me smile. So does the thought that no matter who wins the election, life will go on. And God is the ultimate ruler and king.