WASHINGTON – In this deeply partisan political climate, it may come as a surprise to many that a group of Senate Democrats and Republicans come together each week to pray.
“It is literally the most liberal Democrats and the most conservative Republicans,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) tells CBN News. “It’s not just the centrist group.”
Best Hour of the Week
Coons, who co-chairs the group with Republican Sen. James Lankford, describes it as the best hour of his week.
“We do two things we don’t otherwise do, we listen to each other and we trust each other,” continued Coons.
The only non-senator present is Senate Chaplain Barry Black. Each week, a different senator is picked to share a message with the group.
Sharing and Building Community
“What you’re sharing is exactly what an opposition research guy would want to know in your next campaign – your weakness,” explains Coons. “How have you fallen short? What’s been difficult about your childhood, your marriage, or your public service? These aren’t just sort of easy two dimensional – these are folks really sharing of themselves to each other and that’s what makes it special, that’s what really builds community is risking together – and it’s a wonderful experience.”
Lasting Friendships Made Through Prayer
They close each meeting holding hands in prayer. Coons says friendships made in the prayer group have helped improve his working relationships with members.
“Look, it’s really tough to throw a punch, at least verbally, on the floor of the Senate or in an interview when that morning you were holding hands in prayer and that’s powerful, that’s important,” says Coons. “It gives you a real insight into someone’s walk with the Lord to hear them pray on a weekly basis. It just lays a basis for a very different sort of relationship.”
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