By Charlotte Jackson, Contributing Writer
As a young child, I remember reading a book that had a quote from an older person advising a young person that “nothing gold last forever.” I am not sure if I really understood the impact of that until the morning of November 9, 2016. I had spent 16 hours setting up an election site, serving as the Election Judge, shutting down the polling location, and then driving the equipment to the officials. When I left there, I drove out to Stafford to pick up something from a friend and of course, like most of you, was tuned in for election coverage. When I met my friend, I could tell by his mood that the reality was setting in. Marc, usually a very jovial person, was very quiet. He apologized for the mood and asked me to say some extra prayers, as so many of the young men he mentors had been calling him with concerns.
As I drove back, I began getting text messages and phone calls from young people asking how did the voting results end up as they did. I quickly recognized that prayer was needed, along with some words of wisdom. I immediately began to direct the conversations away from what happened on the national level and celebrate the victories of Harris County leaders, such as Borris Miles, Shawn Thierry, Ana Hernandez, and Ed Gonzalez. We have much to be thankful for, also including Senator Sylvia R. Garcia, Senator John Whitmire and State Representatives Harold Dutton, Armando Walle, and Garnet Coleman. And I reminded them that with representation in Washington, D.C., from Congressman Gene Green and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, we still have leaders who are concerned and will keep us informed and engaged.
In less than 49 hours, I heard students asking how the election was going to affect their financial aid, their parents’ right to stay in America, and the Affordable Care Act. So many young people who were feeling confident and encouraged, suddenly were showing signs of concern.
At the same time, there were so many people I know who were excited for the first time in eight years about the changes that are surely on the horizon. There were sighs of relief from many of those who own their own businesses and from those who have been employed and competing with those who would work for less money. From the churches to the schools, concern was prevalent as to how the new administration will make choices that in some way will touch lives.
Over and over, I found myself reminding people that God still moves mountains and He has a perfect plan that we cannot begin to see or even understand. As we should have learned by now from all of the mainstream media, there will be more people out to upset others than there will be to help calm them down. We should know that change may appear to come quickly, yet in reality, it took some time for these things to rise to the point that people took notice enough to push for them to happen. It may be true enough that nothing gold lasts forever, yet at the same time, there is one thing we can count on. We can count on God. He still moves mountains and He does not fail.
As we move into the holiday season and into 2017, I pray that you have that peace to know that the sun will still rise tomorrow, and it will still set tomorrow night. There will be celebration and there will be mourning. Please remember, there are no problems, only opportunities to stretch our faith and build relationships. Just as 2016 has been a journey, 2017 will also be. And as you reflect, please remember, relationships are important. In just a few weeks, our city will host the 2017 Super Bowl. This will be a major event offering countless opportunities for you to get involved and show this country why Houston is so great.