Last week, I attended the annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at Martin-Idle Hour Community Center. It was an early morning breakfast and the second I had attended that week. I knew there was a blessing in it (because there’s always a blessing when you hear God’s word), so I put on my biggest smile and went.
This isn’t the first prayer breakfast I’ve attended. On the contrary, I’ve been covering this event since its inception. It usually lasts longer than an hour, so I tend to sit in the back and make my way out after an hour so I can get my day started at my desk. There’s lots to be done, after all, getting news stories written and keeping a website updated. It was different this time. I still sat in the back, but I felt a leading that Thursday morning.
Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe started this event a few years ago, and it has always been well attended. This year was no different. There was a full and diverse crowd – something he wants to see every year. He started the breakfast off with scripture from Ecclesiastes 4:9-12: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
I love this scripture because it describes friends and the need for fellowship. We cannot live this life alone. We need each other. This community needs every one working together in order to be successful because if one of us falls down, another person can help us up.
Jimmy Elder, senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Columbus, was the guest speaker and he certainly brought a good message. Pastor Elder talked about how important the table is in fellowship. A table allows everyone to sit around it equally sharing ideas. There is something raw about having a meal with people. You can be yourself. You can make new friends. You can add a seat for someone new. Jesus did his best work around a table. He ate with sinners and revealed himself to his disciples around food.
I’ll be honest, the message brought tears to my eyes and refreshed me from the long week I’d already had. The Lord was in that place that day and it was evident. My prayer is that every one who was at the breakfast took something positive away from it – that we begin working together and inviting more people to our tables of fellowship. It’s certainly something I’ll work on.
I can’t wait until next year’s event. It’s a great thing that’s happening in our community.
Denise has been the Executive Editor of The Citizen since 2012. Email her at