You could be forgiven for assuming that mixing leaders from government, business, church, and community together for an event might look more like a science experiment gone wrong than a gathering of friends and family, but that's the feeling I get every time we host our annual MLA Prayer Breakfast!
Our most recent event was no exception. 140 church, community and business leaders and another 30 Members of the BC Legislature came together in a buzz of conversation, appreciation, reflection and inspiration!
What I love most about the breakfast is the way paradigms change over breakfast and the relationships that are built around the table. Here's what I mean...
The Church doesn't necessarily have a reputation for being gracious, kind and affirming of politicians. Most of that comes from our general lack of engagement in a positive manner. Most first time attendees come through the door with a measure of trepidation as they ponder an hour with strangers over breakfast. What they discover makes me deeply proud of my spiritual family.
Members meet people who are interested in them, like to be with them and in every way do their best over that hour to honour, affirm and connect with them in meaningful ways. Some become friends who stay in touch over the years, some make commitments to pray for the member at their table for the next year. Over time, the event has become an anticipated gathering of friends where everyone around the table is believing the best about everyone else sitting around the table.
My favourite comment out of this year's breakfast happened during introductions later that day. A member who had just attended his first breakfast commented on how he had enjoyed his time and couldn't recall hearing 'O Canada' sung with such passion and volume previously.
This event works and improves every year because of the people who sit around the tables and very intentionally show and share the love of Jesus and His love for leaders in gracious and respectful ways.
To those who attended the Prayer Breakfast this year or in years gone by, let me thank you for helping us build a fantastic event. If you've never come but have prayed for us, thank you for standing in the gap for us!
If you are reading this and thinking 'I'd like to do something like that', let me encourage you to do so. The rewards are amazing!!
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