How to know what to say on the morning after a General Election? How to know what to say when the result was anything but what you expected, or wanted? How to know what to say when you don’t know what you think?
You could say nothing but somewhere inside you there is a sense of fear for the future building up.
You could sit silently but silence feels like opting out.
Then, in the deep recesses of the heart, a still small voice whispers. Words from the ancient book of Proverbs in the Bible. It’s from Proverbs 3: 21-35.
After these words maybe sitting quietly and thinking, reflecting and praying is appropriate. For a while. Then comes action.
21 My [child], do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion;
22 they will be life for you,
an ornament to grace your neck.
23 Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble.
24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
26 for the Lord will be at your side
and will keep your foot from being snared.
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to act.
28 Do not say to your neighbour,
‘Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you’–
when you already have it with you.
29 Do not plot harm against your neighbour,
who lives trustfully near you.
30 Do not accuse anyone for no reason –
when they have done you no harm.
31 Do not envy the violent
or choose any of their ways.
32 For the Lord detests the perverse
but takes the upright into his confidence.
33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the home of the righteous.
34 He mocks proud mockers
but shows favour to the humble and oppressed.
35 The wise inherit honour,
but fools get only shame.