The LORD is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him.

Habakkuk 2:20

October has been a noisy month. So much so that my own voice was silenced. All the chatter and declarations, accusations and politicking surrounding the upcoming presidential election left me at a loss for words. I wrote very little during October, letting both my blog and my new podcast lie fallow. Words failed me. I craved silence.

But today, I will vote. Today, my voice will be heard, at least in the voting booth. There is comfort in knowing that only my conscience and an anonymous public servant will know what I’m saying as I speak my piece. I find comfort in exercising a privilege that cannot be taken from me by persuasive arguments, opinions or the accusations of any who would disagree. These words I’ll speak today, the names of those I choose to represent me in my city, state and country, will not be canceled out or invalidated. They will be counted.

And then, perhaps, there will be silence. That is my prayer — that we have our say, cast our votes, then sit back in silence, reminding ourselves that whatever the outcome “The LORD is in his holy temple.” Still. He has not been canceled or silenced. He will continue to reign and rule. His voice will be heard.

My votes may bring humans with the capacity to fail me into power. So be it. I rest in the assurance that the One who retains His power will never fail me.

“Let all the earth be silent before Him.”

I broke my October silence today to write for five minutes (more or less) on the one word “VOTE”. My short essay is linked up with others at Five Minute Friday. Drop by to see what they are saying about their right to vote.

Photo by Josh Carter on Unsplash




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