November 18, 2011
Our state legislators are currently on their interim recess , gearing up for their return to the Capitol on January 4. I continue to be in contact with some of them, but for now my primary ministry is to Capitol community staff, especially through the Capitol Bible Studies that I teach.
A group from a church in Livermore visited the Bible Study in the Capitol two weeks ago and sent me this note afterwards: “Our group had a great trip to Sacramento some for the first time. We all enjoyed meeting your dedicated group of staffers, with such a wide variety of job backgrounds. I was always under the impression that staff, implied, that they were legislator staff. Your study of our emotions, in bringing God glory or not, was a moving discussion. … Each member of our group mentioned that they felt that God has the right man, in the right spot, in ministering to this people group. They see your love and concern for them, your integrity to the Word, and the importance of confidentiality. They see your desire to be a servant, very approachable, which will draw folks to you. They are really excited about your ministry. … We will be lifting you, your family, and the ministry up in prayer. We pray God's continued blessing on you and our brothers and sisters in your study. Praise to the Lord. - Don” It was great to have Don and the group visit with us, and I appreciate his encouraging words.
Don explained his surprise at the variety of jobs the people who attend the Capitol Bible Study hold. This is very true and often brings joy to my heart. In any one gathering, those in attendance might include legislators, former legislators, chiefs-of-staff, Governor’s staff, department heads, staff members from both Republican and Democratic legislators’ offices, sergeants-at-arms, state workers from various departments and agencies, lobbyists and advocates, party leaders, attorneys, pastors, church members, and others from the Capitol community. They come from all ages, races, denominations, parties, and backgrounds, reminding me of the diversity celebrated in Colossians 3:11 “there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.” Many have become dear friends to me, and I am so grateful for the privilege of serving all of them.
At the end of his note, Don mentioned praying for these who are “our brothers and sisters in your study.” What a tremendous thing! We know we are to pray for elected officials, but Capitol community staff are also precious in the Lord’s sight. Furthermore, many of them also hold influential leadership positions that are incredible platforms for them to influence our state and nation and to represent Christ to many. Let’s keep encouraging them and praying for them too.
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