“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder,and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
Wednesdays abound in blessings for me. I teach Bible study at a retirement community nearby. My students could be my parents and my love for them grows with each study. I happened to notice a poster on a resident’s hallway today which advertised an ombudsman. Under the term was its definition, “Government official appointed to investigate citizen’s complaints against government officials, large public and private corporations.”
I contemplated the word and the work of one who would take the complaints of the elderly against anyone causing them grievance and expect the government to act.” Would their grievances be heard with any acceptable outcome? My gut, or perhaps negativity, believed they’d never live to see the day of action.
Only weeks before the upcoming election, grief more often than hopeful anticipation, causes me to shake my head at the presidential debates. Social media tallies the number of American citizens and asks, “Is this the best two people we could find?” I wonder what kind of country we are making for the history books, for my grandchildren. I remember the day we could trust those in highest offices of government. Now most of us look with disdain even on those within the party we’ve associated with our whole lives. I fight cynicism. I pray for those in authority over me and those soon to be governing our nation.
I read the words of Isaiah and realize one day the world’s government will be upon the shoulders of the One who created it. Until then, I entrust those holding positions of monumental power to the highest position over heaven and earth.
My God – advocate and ombudsman, hears my complaints and will take action. I may not live seeing answers to all my prayers (nor will my retirement center students). Yet, a peace flows over me knowing He’s available to hear my complaints. He advertises not on walls, but on the pages between His Book. Our Mighty God is still on the throne.
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