None of this is fair to you. And should it continue, it will make it more difficult to keep attracting the kind of driven, patriotic, idealist Americans to public service that our citizens deserved and that our system of self-government demands. Barak Obama (in a letter to government employees in 2013)
Meditation: Four years after the last government shutdown, this one happened exactly one year after Trump’s inauguration. The timing of it feels like a deeply symbolic event. This time, however, there is no letter coming from the president to the government employees. The president does not even seem moved by the event. He does not have any empathy with those who will not get paid these next days or weeks, nor does he seem to be faced by the larger systemic impact of what is happening. He seems apathetic (at best) or even having wanted our government to be shut down (at worst). The leadership dysfunction in this country continues . Our government proving as “bankrupt” is frightening, just as the continuing intentional undermining of many offices of the government. For example the loyal Trump supporter who was put as the head of the consumer protection agency did not ask for any money for a 2018 budget. His goal is basically undo the work of the agency. He is succeeding. What if the government shutdown is part of the president’s larger plan to dismantle the political democratic system in the US as we know it? What if his insanity is gradually leading to a completely dysfunctional US political system? The shutdown of the government on this one year anniversary is deeply troubling both in its short term and long term implications.
Prayer: Creator God who hovers over the chaotic waters, we bring to you our halted political system. It is deeply dysfunctional. You are the one who divided the light from the dark before you created the world. We pray that You make it clear to the American people where the light ends and where the darkness begins. We pray that You will shine Your light into the dark motives of our politicians. We pray that You make it evident for all to see what is really going on behind the scenes. God, we pray for a new order, Your order, in our empty, wasting political chaos and in this world that faces much darkness. Amen
In the beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving, (hovering, and brooding) over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2