Chaplain at Oklahoma State Senate

I had a really neat opportunity this week – I served as the Chaplain for the Oklahoma State Senate. I was invited by my own Senator, Mike Mazzei. I’ve also had the privilege of serving on Senator Mazzei’s Pastor’s Council.

Senator Mazzei is doing a great job representing our district, using his gifts to help keep our state government fiscally responsible. He is also a man of faith. He and his family attend Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa.

As Senate Chaplain this week, I was reponsible for praying each morning as the session convened. Thursday morning I shared a devotion on King Rehoboam’s refusal to listen to the wise counsel of elders.

A couple of things I observed this week. . .In spite of political differences and the usual party lines, there seemed to be a real spirit of cooperation. The debates I witnessed were respectful and many times contained some playful levity. There also seemed to be a real openness to spiritual matters. It was refreshing to see at least one place in our government where the tradition of prayer is maintained, even requested by many.

Keep our government leaders in your prayers. The Bible says that they are God’s servants, doing His work. They are sacrificing their time, their families, their businesses. They’re also making some pretty significant decisions that have an impact on us all. Ask God to direct those decisions and protect their family relationships.

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