Today I Took the Oath of Office and Will Begin a 54 Day Novena

5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

… 7 “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

 

My family and I made the trek to the capitol this morning for my swearing in.

Most of the rest of the representatives are still out there, going through the long ceremony, complete with speeches, of the regular, formal, swearing in. I decided, due to Gimpy the Foot, to go out early and get sworn in privately. However you do it, taking the oath of office is always a kick. Now I am legally the representative for District 89 in the Oklahoma State Legislature for the next two years.

I always begin a 54 Day Novena at this time of year. I ask God to use me however He wishes in the upcoming legislative session and to please protect me from my own stupidity so that I won’t accidentally do something that hurts people by mistake. I also pray Solomon’s prayer when he was first anointed king.

This is a good time to remember what happened to Solomon after he prayed this prayer. God heard him and gifted him with great wisdom and prosperity. But Solomon, despite his excellent intentions at the beginning of his reign, fell into apostasy, allowing his many political marriages to women who were not of his faith to re-introduce idolatry and human sacrifice into Israel.

That same thing has happened to our own country. Many of the leaders we’ve trusted, including some of our religious leaders, have led us into blatant human sacrifice to the gods of commerce, success, and a false sense of freedom. We abort our children, euthanize our elderly or warehouse them in nursing homes. We buy and sell young women as if they were chattel. Everything is forfeit to the pursuit of our private narcissism and the almighty dollar.

I remember all this when I pray Solomon’s prayer. It is a perfect prayer for any elected official, and the sad end to which Solomon fell after praying it is also worth pondering.

The 54-day Novena involves praying the Rosary for 54 days. For the first 27 days, you pray for your intention. For the last 27 days, you thank God for answering you. I do it every year before session. It focuses and cleanses me. I also think that it has been answered, usually in surprising ways that I would not have dreamed of at the time I prayed it.

So for me this business of being sworn in is another starting point. It signifies that I am, once again, committing myself to the job of being the voice for thousands of people within Oklahoma’s state government. I don’t take this lightly. In fact, it can be rather terrifying. Which is why I always turn to the Lord for support, guidance and help.

Christians can do nothing for God without God’s help. We are not are own. We belong to Him.

Prayer is the well-spring from which our grace and strength comes to us.

This is the beginning of my 17th year in elected office. My prayer is that God will use me however He sees fit. I am His.

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  • Ted Seeber

    Good job on this blog- I had NO idea you were even up for re-election. And congratulations.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks Ted!

  • http://eloquentdefenders.wordpress.com Tami

    Beautiful!
    Thank you.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      :-)

  • Sus

    Congratulations Rebecca. Your constituents are lucky to have you :)

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Sus.

  • http://Devotions4Him Jennifer

    Congratulations! Your constituents are blessed indeed! I’m so thankful to have crossed paths with you. I pray God’s blessings, wisdom and favor upon you.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Jennifer. I truly need the prayers.

  • http://backoftheworld.com Ryan M.

    Congratulations, Rebecca! And if it’s not too early to say, and not too much pressure: Hamilton for President in 2016 :)

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks, but no thanks Ryan. :-)

    • Ted Seeber

      Sorry Ryan, she’s not Hispanic enough. If Obama’s re-election taught us anything, it is that morality and lifestyle take a back seat to race and false tolerance.

      The winning combination for Republicans to come back will be a pro-life Latina mother with six children and 26 grandchildren, that any vote against her can be construed as bigotry, misogyny, and racism.

      • Margaret

        You should check out the governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez. Pro-Life, and a practicing Catholic IIRC.

        • Ted Seeber

          Hmm- if I had any actual power- yes, that’s EXACTLY the type of person needed to provide a real choice.

  • Faith

    Congratulations! May God bless you in your work these next two years!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Faith.

  • marya

    Congratulations, and may God bless you, sustain you, and grant you courage and patience. Good luck during the session!

  • http://evansword.wordpress.com Steve Evans

    Rebecca,
    May the Lord bless you greatly while keeping you humble and yielded to His perfect will.
    I pray that your voice will be one that speaks justice, mercy, and unrelenting truth in Christ.
    Congratulations on your re-election, the truest sign that you are a true representative for your constituants.

  • http://hiddeninjesus.wordpress.com jessica shaver renshaw

    God bless your heart, Rebecca!

  • http://evidentgrace Donna

    I also pray that God will continue to use you as He sees fit. Thank you for your faithfulness. The part about Solomon’s later failures is something I have also noted well. A good start is no good until we stay the course.

  • Lily

    God bless you and keep your faith strong!

  • vickie

    Congradulations and prayers to you.

  • http://www.keeplifelegal.com Rev. Katherine Marple

    All I can say is that I wish you were in the the great State of O*** :) Congrats!

  • Kathleen

    Nice! Now what is the basis for the 54-day novena? I never heard of it.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I’ve been praying the 54 Day Novena every year before session begins for 11 years now. It is a wonderful novena that always changes me and deepens my faith, every time I pray it. 54-Day Rosary Novena
      This Novena — actually one cycle of three 9-Day Novenas followed by another cycle of three 9-Day Novenas — (3 Novenas)X(9 days each)=27 days; (27 days)X(2 cycles)=54 days — is said to be especially efficacious. It has its origins in a private relevation granted in 1884 to the family of Fortuna Agrelli, a girl who was so seriously ill that her doctors had given up on her. She and her family began praying the Rosary, and saw a vision of Our Lady, sitting on a throne and holding the Christ Child, with a Rosary in her hands, and accompanied by SS Dominic and Catherine of Siena. Fortuna addressed Our Lady: “Queen of the Holy Rosary, be gracious to me, restore me to health! I have already prayed to Thee in a novena, O Mary, but have not yet experienced Thy aid. I am so anxious to be cured!”

      Our Lady is said to have replied: “Child, you have invoked me by various titles and have always obtained favors from me. Now, since you have called Me by that title so pleasing to me, ‘Queen of the Holy Rosary’, I can no longer refuse the favor you petition; for this name is most precious and dear to me. Make three novenas, and you shall obtain all.”

      The Queen of the Holy Rosary is said to have appeared again, saying: “Whoever desires to obtain favors from me should make three novenas of the prayers of the Rosary, and three novenas in thanksgiving.”

      Pray the Rosary (5 decades) once a day for 27 days in the spirit of petition, with your intentions in mind.

      Then pray the Rosary (5 decades) once a day for 27 days in the spirit of thanksgiving — whether you believe your petitions have been granted or not.

      Start the entire cycle with the Joyful Mysteries first, the Sorrowful Mysteries second, and ending with the Glorious Mysteries.

  • Lewis Chamness

    I deeply appreciate your faith and convictions. Thanks for the good work that you do and for sharing in this forum re this work and your personal adventures in faith.

    Lewis Chamness

  • http://cornerstonefaith.wordpress.com Barb Arndt

    Congratulations, I will be praying that you will remain strong and faithful to your beliefs. I am learning a lot about our government from your posts. Thank you.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you for your prayers Barb. I need them.

  • http://jscafenette.com Manny

    Congratulations. Were you up for election this time?

  • http://actualfreedomjustine.com Justine

    Congratulations!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Justine!


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