At the annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast on Friday, Lt. Gov. Habib reflected upon the fragility of human life and the importance of building human connections and relationships.
“Not one of us can tell or know what today will bring, what tomorrow will bring,” he said. He reflected upon of the death of Sen. Andy Hill, his fathers, and others, and the importance of seizing each day.
Addressing the crowd of politicians, clergy, and professional athletes—including Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett—Habib spoke of the calling of politicians, and their purpose. He emphasized the prayer passage he recited at the prayer breakfast in years previous—Matthew 25:36.
And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? —Matthew 25:36
“It struck me that what you find in that passage is not just a call to not obstruct or do no harm,” he said. “[…] It calls out those who do nothing in the face of injustice.”
Habib said he saw his purpose as a public servant in welcoming the vulnerable and maligned in society and showing them that they are still “worthy of love and respect”—part of his vision of building a more inclusive, prosperous Washington for all.