As I was praying about various things this morning, the Holy Spirit began to talk to me. Here’s what he said:
Many ordinary people work in the White House. They have ordinary concerns, interests, hobbies, fears, anxieties and worries. Some have financial problems, some have family conflicts, some have health issues. Some have feelings of frustration or anger.
Not all are military or law enforcement personnel, but of course some are. They have extra concerns that civilian employees don’t have: security of people and property, intelligence, keeping constant contact with higher-ups and each other, always with an eye out for any hint of danger.
And with all their extra training and duties, these people have the same kinds of life concerns as all the rest in the White House.
Think about all the normally behind-the-scenes people who work to maintain the White House complex. Those who mop and vacuum the floors, polish and rearrange the furniture. Designers and decorators. Those who select and care for the many floral arrangements. Those who wash the laundry, fix the plumbing or replace the light bulbs. Chefs, cooks and bottle washers. Helpers of many kinds in many departments.
Think about the inside and outside maintenance staff, like electricians, plumbers, painters, carpenters, brick masons. Gardeners and groundskeepers. Heavy lifters to carry and move whatever, whenever, wherever it’s needed. HVAC and other mechanics who see that every piece of machinery works how it’s supposed to. The White House is a pretty old building complex, after all.
Then there is the administrative staff, the secretaries, clerks, assistants, aides, the audio-visual and digital technicians, not to mention the various communications personnel. The social staff necessary to help with calendars and planning for necessary events, travel, meetings, invitations given and accepted for the First Family and their personal aides.
White House historians, photographers, and audiovisual experts are tasked with keeping detailed records of comings and going. For every staffer who is seen, there are many folks behind the scenes. How many might there be in all, throughout that complex?
Some of them are doing the best job they can, whether out of loyalty or in hopes of a promotion or raise. Some are doing the least they can, keeping out of sight and out of the way, hoping not to get fired.
And naturally, some in the middle are working dutifully, concerned more with the paycheck and providing for their family, less concerned with the politics of it all (national politics or job-site politics).
Some White House workers despise the current President, although they tend to keep their opinions to themselves. They disagree with his politics, dislike his personality, and if given the odd chance to throw monkey-wrenches into the works somewhere, they might consider it. In the meantime they keep a low profile.
But others genuinely like or admire the President and his family. They may not like his tweets or his occasionally colorful language, but overall they are glad he was elected and happy to be working where they are.
So, why bring all this to mind today, I asked?
Because every one of them needs prayer. Intercession. Petitions. They need the Gospel. God’s grace. Forgiveness. They need Jesus as Lord and Savior, they need his favor, his provision, his Word. They need the filling and empowerment of the Holy Spirit to do whatever job they have.
All those things you’ve been praying for the First Family over these last months? All these people also need those things. Don’t forget them, when you pray for the White House.