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‘The government shall be upon his shoulder’

From the January 30, 2017 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


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, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 

­—Isaiah 9:6

The promise given long ago
is still intact today,
the promise of a government
that holds eternal sway.

“The government shall be” it says,
“upon his shoulder”—strong—
a government that’s “Wonderful,”
that banishes all wrong.

A “Counsellor” providing good,
“The mighty God” in action;
our “everlasting Father”—Love,
dissolving fear and faction.

“The Prince of Peace”—such powerful words—
A global world embracing;
a presence that unites and heals
the rifts mankind is facing.

This promise comes to us ​each day
untouched by fraught elections.
The government of God remains,
in loving, calm perfection.

Jill Gooding

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