Sometimes themes in our homeschool/family just happen without any intention on my part. I don't plan for them and I don't create opportunities to develop them, the opportunities come to me. I always follow these themes.
A while back I wrote about my feelings of uncertainty surrounding the upcoming presidential election. I fear that no matter which candidate is elected, our country is in for some hard times. I came across a quote by Andy Stanley that basically said, stop. Just stop because our children are watching us and what we project, they internalize. There is an election. There are two candidates (major ones), and we have a choice. The candidate may or may not reflect our values, our morals, our philosophies, our ideologies. We have to choose the one that most closely aligns to our standards (or God's) and vote. We vote for a President-elect, however, if we are seeking real, lasting change, we are looking in the wrong place. Instead of looking at the horizon, worrying, wondering, hoping, fearing, championing a person, we should be looking up and praying, worshiping, and seeking God.
This message has been presented over and over in our family. First at Chris Tomlin's Worship Night in America, at our local event, Revive, and once again at Franklin Graham's Decision America tour which came to Hartford September 2. Grace and I attended. Lilah went off to help Gram watch Jake for the day. I'm so glad we took this opportunity and drove to Hartford to hear his message. I know I cannot vote for one candidate. No way, no how. Never. So I do have a choice. I can abstain my vote, or I can "hold my nose" and vote which is what I will do. There is one candidate who will bring a conservative ideology back to the Supreme Court. There is one candidate who has a Christian running mate (the other claims to be but supports abortion). There is one candidate who has surrounded himself with men and women of character.
This was an interesting day filled with prayer, patriotism and pride. Grace is still a bit young to understand the implications of this election but I think she will always remember this day and the message that was preached.
On the way home we stopped at The Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford and then went out for bubble tea in West Hartford.