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I learned some news last night that encouraged me. It’s my hope that it will encourage you, too. Mother, Ray, and I watched a live teleforum called simply “A Conversation with Ben Carson and Kirk Cameron” (I have never mentioned Kirk Cameron to you before and here I have done it twice this week!). While these two leaders encouraged Christian involvement in our communities, states, and nation, they spoke of hope for America.

Ellis Island Flag and Faces Exhibit Photograph. Courtesy: Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
Ellis Island Flag and Faces Exhibit Photograph. Courtesy: Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

During the hour-long presentation, the organizers conducted a poll of those who listened on their cell phones, asking them to punch in a one if they believe there is still hope for America and a two if they do not. Those with hope were 88% of those who responded.

Near the end of the conversation, Dr. Carson shared the encouraging news that I want to share with you. Just over a month ago, I wrote about “Election 2016,” and asked you to join me in praying that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton would give their whole hearts and lives to the King of kings. As I said then, “I’m not judging either of them as to their relationship with Jesus. Since I Timothy tells me that God wants me to pray for all who are in authority so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity, I know He wants me to pray for these, one of whom I presume will be the commander in chief and the head of state of our country in just over six months.”

Let me preface what I am about to say by making it clear that I am not making a presidential endorsement. That is not my point at all. My point is simply to encourage you by sharing some good news. Dr. Carson said that he knows for a fact that Donald Trump has begun to pray. Whatever that means for his future, it can only mean good things. Rejoice with me over that news, and would you continue to pray with me that he and Mrs. Clinton give their whole hearts to the King of kings?

And, as to the election scheduled for November, I do intend to vote, but I do not intend to despair. I hope the new government leaders in Washington and around the country are good leaders, but, like you, I know Who is really in charge, and His government is always good.

The Lord looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men;
From His dwelling place He looks out
On all the inhabitants of the earth,
He who fashions the hearts of them all,
He who understands all their works.
The king is not saved by a mighty army;
A warrior is not delivered by great strength.
A horse is a false hope for victory;
Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope for His lovingkindness,
To deliver their soul from death
And to keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.
For our heart rejoices in Him,
Because we trust in His holy name.
Let Your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us,
According as we have hoped in You.
Psalm 33:13-22

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