We are entering the final month of the 2012 presidential election campaign, and I, for one, am ready for it to be over. I’m tired of the endless back-and-forth. I’m ready to be done worrying about whether my candidate will win, and what a loss will mean for our country. Can’t we just vote now?
Aside from absentee ballots, no, we cannot. And we cannot make the campaigns go away. They are too important to ignore, anyway. But if we need a worthy distraction, even for a few moments or a few days, we’ve got a couple of whoppers coming our way this month.
First, on Oct. 19 and 20, we will hold our annual International Fair Trade Sale. The sales at this event help to transform the lives of people all over the world by creating sustainable income and freeing artisans, craftspeople and other talented persons who normally would work at the whims of middlemen who cheat them and pay them not enough to even get by.
Then, on Oct. 27, we will hold our second annual “Come Together” Free Community Meal. We hope 650 people go home or back to the shelter with full tummies, at least for one night. They might also go home with a hygiene kit, a new or gently used coat, some food for their pet, a fresh haircut – and the memory of the smiling faces of all the caring volunteers who served them.
The election is of vast importance for the future of our country and the world. But for just a few days, the negative ads, the spiteful tone and the general unpleasantness of the modern presidential campaign can become nothing more than background noise – turned to the lowest volume. Meanwhile, we will be serving others just as Jesus did.