We are all eager to learn who won the 2020 presidential election, and those of us who live in Pennsylvania are especially keen to learn who won the electoral votes of our state. My hope is that every legal vote cast in our state, and elsewhere in our country, will be counted so that the will of American voters is clearly understood.
As the counting proceeds, I ask you to make special provision in your prayers, in your giving and in whatever advocacy efforts you might undertake for those whose lives may be most quickly and directly influenced by the outcome of this election. Their number includes immigrants and refugees who fear deportation; those who are at risk of losing their health insurance; those who worry that the laws of our land may soon prohibit members of the LGBT community from marrying those they love; and essential workers who are on the front lines of an increasingly deadly pandemic.
I am sure you can make your own additions to this list, and I invite you to do so. In a time of great anxiety, it is incumbent upon us, as Christians, to act in solidarity with the most vulnerable and marginalized members of our society, and to keep them in our prayers.
Whatever the outcome of this election, we will have much work to do when it is over to bind up and heal our society’s wounds, some of which have been festering for centuries. I look forward to us taking up this work together.