Poll working and praying
Yesterday, November 6, 2012, along with 8 other poll workers, I helped voters exercise their right to vote. My day started at 4:00 A.M. because I had to be the polling place at 5:00 to finish setting up and activating the voting machines. The clerks set up their electronic “books” of registered voters, and at 6:00 A.M. when we opened the doors, about 40 voters came out of the cold and stood in line. By 6:30 we had about 75 voters in line but things were running smoothly.
Of the 8 of us working as clerks or judges (I was a judge—a clumsy term for the person who takes the voter to the booth and sets up the ballot according to precinct location and number), four were democrats and four were republicans. We were to show no bias and if a voter had a question, one of each party were to participate in the answer.
With my magic PEB I found the appropriate ballot. My personal goal was to make them feel comfortable and do my best to show a Christ-like spirit. It didn’t take long to find out which party was which! I sure was hoping that the bossy, loud-mouthed two were not of my persuasion. Whew, they were not! It also did not take me long to find a retired teacher who also was a Christian. This was my first time ever working as a poll worker.
My observation by mid-afternoon was how very important it is for people to educate themselves before they vote. Too many voters asked me how to split a ballot. They wanted some of each party. We already have such gridlock, I thought, why add more, but then, I couldn’t not show any bias and politely showed them what to do. I truly do think that is why we still have a Senate that is democrat controlled. Some people wanted to vote for only President. Again, I wondered why? After all, the President is not a dictator. We have three branches of government. These are only observations.
Now, as to my 40th day of prayer: I now have 1,461 days until the next election. Sigh. Prayer is work, but also a delight. My prayer card stack can be weeded out some now, but I will continue to pray for revival. Awakening. That awakening has to begin in the hearts of Believers who mean it when they say they are “sold out” for God. It is not for the faint of heart. Parents, you cannot rear your children in a haphazard way and hope it will all turn out okay. It won’t. Satan, as a roaring lion has a big appetite for apathetic Christians.
I leave this page with the words of Jesus in John 16:33: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”