A prayer for more than lawmakers

I received an unexpected gift over the holidays. State representative Judy Clibborn’s office contacted me with an invitation to give the opening prayer at an upcoming day-of-business at the House of Representatives in Olympia.

As it turned out, I was assigned to the opening day of the current session. Mindful of the politicized issues and the financial woes that will define this controversial session, I scripted my prayer carefully. I wanted to speak to the Almighty on behalf of those on both sides of the aisle as well as for those from a variety of faith backgrounds.

The result was a prayer that I hope will be voiced by more than state lawmakers. If leaders in our local government, churches, synagogues and school district prayed these words, the challenges that face us all this year will be minimized.

O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, we call on You for guidance as this new legislative session commences. Forgetting those things that are behind and straining forward toward those things that are to come, help these men and women press on to serve those who look to them for leadership.

In this month when we as a nation celebrate the sanctity of every life and pay homage to a King whose reign was all too brief, may their efforts be crowned with compassion, justice and mercy.

In this challenging economy, as the deposit slips of state revenue reflect less income than they hoped they could bank on, compound their interest in finding creative solutions. Give them the ability to resist the temptation to pass the buck. Allow the currency of the time they spend to be consistent with those four familiar words engraved upon our history and our dollars... “In God we trust.”

And when they are called upon to make change, may they be tellers of truth as well as cashiers of compromise. May the bottom line of decisions made in this House make sense to those who make them and to those who will be impacted by them.

And though taxing at times, may this session be marked by an adequate reserve of respect and humility as well as a windfall of gratitude for the privilege You have allowed them in their calling as public servants. In Your Holy Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Greg Asimakoupoulos can be reached at


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