We are certainly in a time of political turmoil, from the United Kingdom’s leaving the European Union to the shrill and angry tone of our presidential election.

Now, we United Methodist Christians believe that we should be concerned about issues facing our world, such as political decisions, hunger, gun control, and countless others. Ours is a faith perspective that calls us to engage society, not hide from it. However, if we are not careful, we can be overwhelmed by all this… and the turmoil can blind us from all that is good and wonderful about the life we share together in our nation.

I got a good perspective on this recently when I began a walk on the nature trail behind our home. I looked to my right, and there were two deer gently eating breakfast, munching on some tree leaves. The wonder of God’s love somehow came flooding over me; in God’s creation there is an innate goodness, there is an innate splendor to life. Those deer… they certainly did not care about the European Union nor about an election which will feature candidates with the highest combined negatives in the history of elections. But like us, those deer live in a creation over which God and God’s grace preside.

Jesus taught, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

So perhaps it is good from time to time, simply to contemplate the gift of life, and the gift of God’s grace in the midst of our journeys…

God, who loves the British and Europeans, and Republicans and Democrats. God who loves sparrows and deer and even you and even me.

–Eric Lindblade