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Governmental Aide By Cleo Dailey III

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

Cleo Dailey, III (Modern-day Lazurus)For the last 365 days, nothing has captivated us more than the United States election. Friendships have waned, allegiances have shifted, and families have been broken. We have watched with an amalgamation of emotions, and we knew that one thing was for sure: this thing has gotten out of hand. We saw several unqualified candidates dwindle to two.

We watched as two candidates argued back and forth on every possible subject, and some of us joined in the conversations. When we saw differences, we didn’t embrace them or try to learn from them; most of us in our own stubborn vanities pressed hard to wedge the gap of difference even wider. When all of the arguing was done, when the riots, hate, and aggression idled, we woke to the announcement of a president-elect. The weight of that day sits on my memory like a cement block. It was the day for many that faith and hope took a vacation. For me, however, it was much different.

I learned a song long ago as a child that said “On Christ the solid Rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand.” The place in which we put our faith is the house in which we live. When our dependence is on a system, a person, a party, or a vote, we have to understand that it is contingent upon the soundness of that entity to not fail. If I sit on a shelf, it may hold me, given my weight and size. However, no matter what my condition, sitting on a chair means that I am depending on it to do what it was made for. Christ came for the sole purpose to rule. He alone is Wonderful, Counselor, Prince of Peace. He came to give clemency to the oppressed and to bring justice to those who are the oppressors. No person, place or thing can stop His reign.

This year holds many changes for us as a country. While outwardly they may appear to be concerning, we must always remember that for the believer, the government is upon His shoulder. He is our provider. He is our defense. He is our portion. No president has ever been able to stop that. And no president-elect is able to move the mind of God. He is sovereign. Rest in that.

-Modernday Lazurus

Cleo Dailey, III is a freelance writer and aspiring author who has written for several city and nation-wide publications. He is currently studying to obtain a degree in both English and Clinical Psychology, and the Minister of Music for New Life Christian Church in Peoria, IL.