I was invited by Senator Bill Jackson to lead the opening of the Georgia State Senate in devotion and prayer on February 2, 2011. I thank God that we can still begin the legislative sessions with devotion and prayer. After my devotional and prayer, the Senators were most cordial and grateful. Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, told me that that this time was special to him helping him start his day off right. Please remember to pray for our governmental leaders.
Today, you will not hear the mighty roar of the waves breaking along the pristine sand on Cumberland Island. You will not walk its paths under its famous live oaks graced with ethereal canopies of Spanish moss
Today, you will not experience the coffee-colored waters of the Okefenokee lined with sentinels of cypress surrounded by lazy alligators sunning on a log.
Today, you will not see the strength and power of the bald eagle soaring through the Georgia sky gliding effortlessly on gentle winds over the clean, sparkling water of Clark’s Hill.
Nor will you be captivated by the gurgling, bubbling creek making its way quickly over and around the rocks through the Piedmont.
Tonight, you will not be able to gaze into the heavens and behold with awe Orion and the Big Dipper and the unfathomable, never-ending universe untouched and uncluttered by human hands.
No, today, you will answer never-ending text messages, survey the growing stack of papers demanding your attention, and listen to constituents and those with special interests clamoring for your assistance.
Today, your path is up and down these halls hurriedly going from meeting to meeting.
By tonight, you will be worn out and exhausted, but you will be left with a feeling of satisfaction that you gave 110% in service to others.
You have given up much of your privacy to enter public service. Your sacrifices are numerous giving up time for business, family, and yourself because you have a heart to serve and make a difference in the lives of others who need your servant-leadership to help solve the problems and issues common to us all.
In your sacrificial service, you walk in the footsteps of Christ who sacrificed his time for his constituents by healing the sick, feeding the hungry, meeting with the twelve, speaking to the crowds, and listening to their urgent concerns. His sacrifice ended with the pouring out of his very life in suffering and death so that we may have abundant and eternal life through Him.
Be assured also that the Father who watches over the sparrow watches over you and guides you with wisdom, encourages you through His steadfast kindness, and sustains you with the Bread from heaven and the Water of life.
So, go forth today with the ocean of God’s power breaking over you.
Go forth today surrounded and nourished by the love of God even as the waters of the great swamp surround and nourish the cypress.
Go about your Senate business this day with the wind of the Spirit underneath your wings.
Hurry to your appointed rounds on this day with the gurgling excitement from streams of living water flowing from you cascading over the rocks of difficulty.
Work diligently today. When the night comes and you lay down wearied in body, soul, and mind, the stars of heaven will be shining down upon you and in the still of the night, if you listen carefully with your spiritual senses, I believe you will hear the voice from heaven say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant,” and our gracious God will give you peaceful sleep and rest for your soul.
Our Father and our God, our rock of refuge and our strong fortress of salvation, You alone are worthy of our highest praise and devotion.
You, O Lord, are rich in mercy, splendid in grace. Wisdom and justice go before Thee. Peace and righteousness are in your right hand.
Thank you for these men and women serving in our State Senate.
This morning, fill them with fresh fire to carry out their tasks and blow into them the Spirit of life that they may be born anew today for this is the day that the Lord hath made. We rejoice and are glad in it.
Give our senators the good medicine of a merry heart and laughter throughout the day.
In their comings and goings, give them the kind heart of Christ to love and respect one another.
If they grow tired and weary as the day passes, give them your strength.
Grant to them clarity of thought and speech.
At the close of this day give them rest and peaceful sleep with a satisfaction from doing their best in service to the people in their districts and for those throughout our state.
With thanksgiving and praise to God from whom all blessings flow, may the peace of God, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus in whose name we pray, one with the Father and the Spirit eternal God world without end. Amen.
Pastor Dan White is founder and pastor of North Columbia Church, Appling, GA
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I am so delighted both for you and the state senators that you could bring this message of encouragement and prayer for these people. Goodness knows they probably get very little such words of kind recognition. All for Jesus!