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May 4, 2014

Capitol Commission PA: 5/2/2014 Update

Romans 12:4 – 6a  For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.

To this passage I say a hearty Amen!  Let me take a moment to share about three members of Christ's body that have blessed my life last week. 

First, I am grateful for Gov. David Beasley (former governor of South Carolina) and his God-given ability to bring the message of Jesus to those in the political arena.  He spoke at the Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday with great clarity and passion exhorting those in the audience to commit to learning about Jesus and following him.  The point that hit me squarely was an insight from 1 Thessalonians about the necessity of ministering with others, because love among those who minister sets an example for others to follow.  As a result of this conviction, I appeal to those who would be interested in taking a day to come to the Capitol and minister with me.  It would be a day of prayer, serving and loving our legislators, and developing a relationship in which our love for each other would show that we follow Jesus.  Please contact me it you are interested.

I have been partnering with a local pastor, Al Palmateer; and his prayer to open the Senate session was a blessing to my heart and those in the Senate chamber.  Before he began, he offered to stay and be available to pray with anyone who would be interested.  One Senator told him no pastor had ever done this before, others came up and he prayed for them.  As I sat in the gallery and watch the interactions he had with his Senator I saw the budding of a potential friendship in which my brother sought another's good above his own.  The warmth of his prayer was palpable and touched many hearts.  God worked that morning, to that I have no doubt; and am grateful that I was privileged enough to catch a glimpse.

Lastly, let me tell you about another friend I met recently; let's called her Lindsay.  Lindsay came to the prayer breakfast, then came back with a larger group to take a quick tour of House and Senate chambers, along with the Governor's Reception Room.  Afterwards she was going to introduce me to some of her friends at the Capitol.  One group in this tour were cadets from Valley Forge Military Academy.  As we are running to the Ryan Building because of the rain, I see Lindsay in the back of the group holding her umbrella over a cadet who had a broken foot and was on crutches.  Once inside, this cadet decided it would be best to stay behind, and for us to continue on without him.  Guess who decided to say behind with him, yes, Lindsay.  To say that I was oblivious to this cadet and his needs would be the greatest of understatements.  On our return Lindsay shared with me about her conversation with this young soul, one who had many questions; but one who was seeking Jesus. She encouraged me to follow-up with him.

As I close these thoughts, I am reminded of how blessed each of us is because we are part of Jesus’ body.  I am extremely thankful for these three individuals who reminded me of this great gift, and pray that I will play my part.

May God Bless You,

Jeff