An impeachment trial that splintered the nation has finally concluded with the acquittal of President Trump being heralded by some and scorned by others.

Regardless of one’s political dogma, however, it’s imperative for the healing process to begin in a country that is perhaps as divided as it’s ever been, an era when uncompromising partisanship has stagnated progress.

Now is the time for our country’s leaders to cross the aisle and extend a hand of compromise and reconciliation, make mutual commitments to bury the theatrics that both parties have been guilty of in the past months, including during the recent State of the Union address, and work together to shutter the divisiveness.

But that reconciliation must extend far beyond the political arena. The months leading up to the trial, and the actual trial, have fractured families and friendships, pitted workers against co-workers and elevated the toxicity of social media to where it has become little more than a toxic waste site for those spewing their vitriol.

All of this comes during the runup for the fall elections, a critical time when voters will decide if they are satisfied with the current administration or voice their disapproval at the ballot box. Control of each chamber of Congress will also be up for grabs, and what is critical to remember is that these elections will have far-reaching implications, from the fate of unborn babies, the status of immigrants, climate control and influence myriad other issues.

Hopefully the acerbity of the past few months will begin to fade, and the focus shifted to the unveiling of platforms permeated by solutions rather than additional rhetoric so voters can discern which candidates adhere to their own beliefs.

Of course, where is God in this conversation and why is he seemingly an afterthought? What is his role? For without God, without the country looking into its collective conscience, the chasm of today will only continue to fester.

Progress will only be seen when God becomes the moral compass for a political fraternity that has seemingly lost its direction. Only when morality and empathy replace political agendas will the healing begin.

Far too much is at stake to risk staying the current course in terms of political dissent emitting from both parties. The blessing is your voice can send a message of harmony.