Group holds prayer service to heal nation’s wounds following election
KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The Nov. 3 presidential election is right around the corner. Americans will soon hear the results of their next president, and church members in Kearney prayed for the nation’s divisiveness in fear that it will eventually lead to chaos after the votes are in.
The group gathered at Harmon Park near the lighthouse to pray for country’s healing. They said the world needs God more than ever when it comes to just about everything from politics, healthcare and other pressing issues.
Mother Stephanie Swinnea from St. Luke’s Espicopal Church in Kearney started the prayer service, and was inspired by this scripture in her bible.
“If my people who are called by my name. Will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land,” Swinnea said.
Swinnea fears the results of the election will bring the tensions boiling beneath the surface to a head, and people will eventually turn to violence.
“Some of the organizations that are militia groups and anarchist organizations, and part of it is fear, a lot of it is a lack of education,” Swinnea said. “If you don’t know that you have constitutional rights, that you have a voice, that you can vote if you have no understanding how government works, most principally you have to have an idea of what truth is.”
She thinks people are blinded by their own biases and false truths which will ultimately lead to our country’s demise.
“Truth has to be based on something besides what I want to believe," Swinnea said. "It has to be based on what is. Otherwise that’s the definition of being irrational. You can’t have rational arguments if people can’t come to an agreement on what is the base-line-truth.”
Swinnea believes God is the answer to help eliminate the ignorance and fear happening within our communities.
“People with the internet can create their own avatar, and be their own person, and create their own world, where their truth is the only truth in their world. We can’t live like that," Swinnea said. "If we’re going to be a community. We have to base our belief system on truth.”
Swinnea quoted a scripture from the bible and read, “I am the way, the truth and the light.” She said we can’t have a democracy without truth, and believes people need to pray and ask God for clarity.
“Jesus said whoever asks and keep on asking, seeks and keep on seeking, we sometimes stop before we boosted the signal enough to finish the job," Swinnea said. "I believe God waits for us to be the catalyst for the work God wants to see done.”
This is the third prayer service Swinnea has hosted. She started with four people, and now her prayer service has almost tripled in size. She believes people want to feel like they’re making a difference beyond voting at the polls.
Swinnea plans to do this until the election or maybe even past that. People who are interested in joining the group for prayer can meet them at the Harmon Park Lighthouse every Friday at noon.
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