Wednesday, February 25, 2009


For about the past half-dozen years I have had the great privilege of serving as a mouth-piece for those with bleeding disorders and disabilities as I serve on the Advocacy Committee of the Great Lakes Hemophilia Foundation. In this capacity, I have had the unique experience of traveling to visit lawmakers on Capitol Hill, organize with others at our State Capitol and even connect with leaders in the local community to share concerns and ideas regarding legislation. I have even had the remarkable opportunity to see laws that we were advocating for get passed.
As I've lived out this process of the American system of government, I have rubbed elbows with inidividuals all over this great country. I see the stock they place in these visits. They come to meet lawmakers with tremendous hope in bettering their lives and the lives of others like them.
While this is truly something huge for all who "bleed red, white and blue", I tend to have a unique perspective. I don't place my hope in these activities. What? Yes! I don't place my hope in these activities.
Let me explain further. You see, I have come to learn over the years that there is only ONE who is sovereign. Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines "sovereignty" as "1 supreme excellence or an example of it 2 a: supreme power especially over a body politic b: freedom from external control :
autonomy c: controlling influence3: one that is sovereign ; especially : an autonomous state." Psalm 145:13 tells us, "Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made." No lawmaker, no matter how decent, can measure up to that standard! I've seen lawmakers have to abandon perfectly good legislation because of budget constraints or because something utterly foolish is tagged onto a bill. With that in mind, I understand that I may go back home feeling like we got nowhere in our quest for justice.
So how does this square with the time and energy I spend on advocacy? I press on remembering that it is essential to make our voices heard, but to always fully rely on God. I pray ahead of time that God will soften hearts and give clarity and wisdom to those we are speaking with. And my ultimate happiness does not depend on what any government does. Only the Lord of my life has the power to make good on the promise, "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." (Revelation 21:4-5)
As of this posting, I am traveling to DC for yet another of these meetings. Pray for me and others like me as we advocate for those Jesus poured out His tenderness on! May God's will be done in our lives and the lives of our government.

1 comment:

  1. Barb, this is such an inspiring post. I was glad to log on to Facebook this morning and read it. I will be keeping you and all those advocating on behalf of the community in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks for sharing! :) <3, Shelly