September 9, 2015
A GOOD DAY TO PRAY
These next couple of days are an especially good time to pray for California’s elected officials.
We're coming to the end of the final week of legislative floor sessions for the year, and your State Senators and Assembly Members are scrambling to cast votes on hundreds of bills before the Friday at midnight deadline. It’s an exhausting pace for them, their staff, and the hundreds of lobbyists trying to educate/persuade them.
Yesterday's Daily Files (printed descriptions of each day's bills) fill recycle bins in the Capitol basement.
Lobbyists, lobbyists, and more lobbyists.
Two lobbyists collapsed from fatigue on the same day last week.
Many of these bills concern relatively mundane technicalities, but some will have long-term and far-reaching implications that will ripple throughout California and our nation for decades to come.
Today I watched prayerfully as one such bill was debated by the Assembly, and it was one of the most emotion-filled floor sessions I’ve ever seen in my seven years in the Capitol. This bill authorizes doctors to help patients who are diagnosed with a terminal illness to end their lives. One legislator after another, on both sides of the issue, shared personal and heartfelt stories of loved ones who had struggled with illnesses and survived or passed on. Some of them cried. A number of them shared how their own belief in God would influence their vote. Some even quoted Scripture. Not typical behaviors for our state legislative sessions. After nearly two hours of discussion, the bill passed and now heads to the Senate for debate and voting. You can watch a video of it here (select the Assembly Floor Session for September 9 and skip ahead to the 30 minute mark.)
This bill exemplifies some of the difficult decisions our government leaders are called to make, and why they desperately need God’s wisdom. If our lawmakers look to the Lord and His word, He can help guide them through the maze of complex decisions they face. If they don't, they will be left with their own faulty wisdom and perhaps the influence of others who lack it.
If you’d like, you can watch and PRAY as your state lawmakers meet on Thursday and Friday, probably beginning at 10:00 am, at Calchannel.com. Just click on "Live Webcast" at the top and select either the Assembly Floor Session or Senate Floor Session.
And thanks for praying for me too. I've been busy with lots of meetings, praying, conversations, teaching Bible Studies ... and walking all over in and around the Capitol, as shown today when the heel of my shoe suddenly popped off. Even with worn shoes, I hope my feet can live up to Romans 10:14-15.
P.S. Thanks for your prayers for my wife Valerie also. Her dad suddenly and unexpectedly passed away two weeks ago. She and our family sure appreciate your prayers.
Your Missionary to California's Leaders,
Capitol Commission California
With Valerie enjoying the sunset from the State Capitol dome.