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    December 3, 2021

    We are certainly living in challenging and difficult days. The outbreak of new Covid variants, difficulties in the economy, political division, societal turmoil, and our own personal and family challenges can easily begin to rob us of joy and peace in our lives. This is when we can turn to some of the most familiar and comforting words found in all the Bible:

    The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…

    This statement from Psalm 23 portrays for us the picture of God caring for, providing for, protecting and leading His people and gives great encouragement in the most difficult times. This Old Testament truth is fulfilled in our Savior, Jesus Christ, when He proclaims: “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep” (John 10:11). Jesus’ claim to be the “Good Shepherd” is more than just a description of how He loves and cares for us. It is a claim to be one and the same God in the Old Testament. As we head into the Christmas season, this will be a great truth for us to consider – how God, the shepherd of His people in Psalm 23 is God, the Good Shepherd in John 10.

    This will lead us to believe and worship Him. It will lead us to listen to His voice and follow Him. It will lead us to share the good news with others to lead them to enter His sheepfold.

    This is the theme of this week’s Bible study at the West Virginia state capitol and of our studies throughout the month of December. You can find a copy of this week's Bible study here.

    We praise the Lord we were able to resume our in-person Bible studies at the statehouse this week! The Covid shutdown as well as some health and family issues have made it difficult to meet on site this year.

    This Spring I had to undergo cancer surgery which laid me up for some time. The Lord has blessed with both my health needs and our financial needs through this situation. The cancer is gone, and God has cared for all our medical expenses.

    We are excited as we head into the 17th year of our ministry of presence, proclamation, and prayer for our leaders in Charleston and around the state.

    Please pray as we reestablish our relationships at the capitol and make plans for the upcoming 2022 legislative session which begins in January.

    Also pray for us as we seek to increase the financial support of our ministry which has been lost during these difficult months.

    As always, we are thankful for your faithful prayer and support for our ministry.

    Tim Pauley

    Ministry Leader

    Capitol Commission West Virginia