Voting with assurance

Prayer's place at the polls

The election of the next president of the United States will soon take place. The campaign leading up to the election got me thinking the other day about how much I used to dislike voting—not just for president, but also at clubs, at church business meetings, in professional situations, and in every other situation as well. Don't get me wrong—I definitely appreciated the right to vote. It was figuring out which way to vote, and then feeling good about it, that troubled me.

But a time came when I learned an important lesson that has made me feel much better about participating in all kinds of voting situations. It happened when I was president of the board of an organization that provided care to people in need. As trustees, we made policy decisions that could potentially affect thousands of people. We had to cast votes all the time.

What is prayer? And how do you do it? (Part two)
October 9, 2000

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