As I write this editorial, the attack on the United States Capitol is still raw. At the same time, Washington DC is preparing to inaugurate a new president. Just like the unfathomable thought that Andersen would last forever (different subject for another time,) my idea that the United States could always count on a peaceful transfer of power has been shattered. That just shows how precious and delicate the American experiment really is.

Over the last several months I have heard many say that they are praying for our nation. Some of these people may have even showed up in Washington last week. I have asked what specifically they are praying for and the most common answers I hear are healing, reconciliation and unity. During this troubling period if you are praying for these same things, I’d like to share with you some simple instructions I’ve picked up on my life’s journey. They come from 2 Chronicles 7:14, which states

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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

I think all of us would like for our land to be healed. We certainly have different definitions of what that healing would look like. However, this verse lays out a set of instructions to heal the land. I will focus on one of the prerequisites – humility. One element to heal our land is for the citizens to humble themselves. Recognizing that my thoughts and opinions just might not be so absolute, requires humility.

A little humility would go a long way to bring us back together. This leads to the realization that no party and certainly no person has all the answers. We are in this together. We have to work together to solve today’s problems. Working together might just mean I could learn a thing or two from others.

We have tremendous challenges ahead of us as a nation, as a family and in our businesses. This verse lays out simple, albeit challenging, formula for bringing healing to our land.

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Kirk Hancock