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A Chat with Oliver

Above left, Angie and I visit the National Christmas Tree in front of The White House.  At right, I visit with Oliver who works at the new Trump International Hotel.

This thought came to me today as I was walking around Washington, DC the past two days with my wife. We are here on a little weekend get-away.

Over the years, we have had an occasion to “feel” an atmosphere. You know what I mean, when you can just sense something.

We were in Washington, DC on the day the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal broke. We could just feel the tension. Then we were in New York City when JFK Jr.’s plane went down near Martha’s Vineyard. All weekend long, everyone was talking about it and watching the ticker at Times Square. You could just feel it – the drama and concern. Times Square was quiet, and that’s rare. It was very surreal.

Over the past two days here in our nation’s capitol, we could just feel the excitement that Trump is going to be the next president. We had a wonderful behind-the-scenes private tour of the U.S. Capitol, and our tour guide was excited about the incoming new administration. We had a cab driver talk about how he can’t wait for Trump to be sworn into office. We had lunch with a colleague of mine who is thrilled with what’s going to happen in a few weeks, and we overheard conversations that echoed everything we had been feeling. People are just excited for once.

We stood on the balcony outside of the office of the United States Speaker of the House of Representatives and watched as workers were building seats and platforms in preparation of the inaugural ceremony. They seemed excited.

Last night we walked down and stood next to the beautiful National Christmas tree in front of The White House. Everyone there was in such a good mood and talking about Trump. It was amazing. I think it was the combination of the Christmas season being kicked off in DC along with the excitement of a new and unique administration.

And today, we went to the newly renovated Trump International Hotel, which is just two blocks from where we are staying, just to look inside. It’s stunning.  We talked for a while to Oliver, who works there, and kindly opened the door to greet us. As we were leaving, we started a conversation with him. He was so nice and polite to us and told us all about the hotel and about how nice Trump really is to people – even to him. Oliver told us that Trump knows his name and will talk to him every time he comes to stay at his own place.

Oliver talked about how gracious Ivanka Trump is to him and his co-workers and how Trump’s two adult sons are extremely professional to him all the time.  Oliver said that he is not just a number in Trump’s organization and that he is excited about the next few weeks leading up to the inaugural. Oliver is a class act and a gentleman.

I’m excited to see what the next four years will bring. But what Angie and I have felt here in DC is obvious excitement about a new administration. There is just a buzz around DC, and that’s always a thrilling feeling. You just have to experience it to know what I am describing.

But it’s nothing like the excitement we as Christians can know. We know that our Lord and Savior is also coming soon – and that’s a thrilling feeling. There is also a buzz about that which is indescribable. (So, to get to this point right away – I am not by any means comparing Trump to God, so don’t even go there).

Like Oliver, we as Christians are not just numbers. God knows our names, and He takes time to talk with us. That is a wonderful feeling to know that we are that important to God.

I’m happy that Trump won the election – but I’m even more happy and excited to know that our future is in God’s hands and that He will take care of us, no matter who wins elections.

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