Election encapsulated

Well – what does one say?  I offered this for the Scottish Episcopal Church website:

 

The outcome of the General Election of 2015 has delivered a result notable both for its clarity and its complexity.  The people have spoken through the ballot box.  They have expressed hopes, aspirations, needs, passions – and some fears.

Those of us who live in Scotland must recognise that we are living through times of profound change.  Our prayer for Scotland, its people and its leaders, must be that we shall find at the end of our journey new and creative ways of relating to the peoples and nations with whom we share these island.

Democracy in operation has a cruel face.  Political careers of those who have served their country faithfully have been brought to a premature end.  We honour their commitment and their service.

It is the duty of Christians to honour and to pray for those who exercise authority in the state.  Those who now take office as MP’s or in government are assured of our good wishes and our prayers in the days to come.

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