God of grace and God of glory,

on thy people pour thy power;

crown thine ancient church's story;

bring its bud to glorious flower.

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,

for the facing of this hour,

for the facing of this hour.

The classic hymn "God of Grace and God of Glory" was written in 1930 by Harry Emerson Fosdick for the dedication of the Riverside Church in New York City.  The entire country was deep in the Great Depression, sunk in hopeless and yearning for a united way forward. Fosdick's prophetic call for wisdom and courage "for the facing of this hour" still resonates today. There is never a time when we do not need God's wisdom and courage.

Cure thy children's warring madness;

bend our pride to thy control;

shame our wanton, selfish gladness,

rich in things and poor in soul.

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,

lest we miss thy kingdom's goal,

lest we miss thy kingdom's goal.

The best thing of the end of this election season has to be no more slick and degrading campaign ads and flyers. Clearly it is profitable to demonize and dehumanize "the other" and to believe our preferred political party can cure our nation's woes. And yet, no political party or platform fully expresses the will of God. Going forward, as a community, state and nation, we must find a way to work productively for the good of all. Jesus implores us in the Gospel of Luke, "But I say to you that listen, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you." Not because it is convenient or profitable, but because love, when it isn't easy, is and ever will be God's way.

Save us from weak resignation

to the evils we deplore.

Let the gift of thy salvation

be our glory evermore.

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,

serving thee whom we adore,

serving thee whom we adore.

"Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour."  mThat was a good prayer when Fosdick first wrote this hymn in 1930.  mIt is still a good prayer today.

The Rev. Celeste Lasich is at First Presbyterian Church in Hays.