Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

June 6, 2011

Who Did It?

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

One of our sons lives in Washington, D.C. — one block off Pennsylvania Avenue — halfway between the Capitol and the White House.  He has been part of the Washington scene for about 15 years.  Not only can you walk to everything from his home, but he and his wife know the area extremely well.  We enjoy the city far beyond the average visitor because of their knowledge and privileges.

On a recent visit, we re-visited several places under his guidance.  We were at the Capitol and walking from the House floor to the  Speaker’s Office.  Our son stopped to show us something that is largely unknown.  On the wall there was a large shutter that had been placed to protect what was on the wall, and to hide it from the general public.

He opened the shutter to explain that the wall had not been used for years, but it contained the signatures of many past Presidents.  Many of the signatures  were hardly visible because of the years and the quality of the writing instruments.  President Nixon, one of the last to sign, was visible, along with other famous people such as Will Rogers and Elvis Presley.

But one name was very obvious and easy to read.  No one would believe it unless you saw it — and few there will be that get to view this wall — but there in boldness along with Nixon and others was the name “Jolly.”

Yes, that’s right!  The name Jolly is on that wall!  How long has it been there — no one knows.  Who wrote it — no one knows!

But to keep the record straight — I didn’t do it!

Perhaps as a seventh grader I ran down this hall — but I never scribble on a wall in the Capitol.  And besides, it is adult writing!  And . . . this is a guarded secret wall!

My Dad?  Wouldn’t have put it past him, but to my knowledge He never had access to this area.  My son?  It was written long before he went to Capitol Hill.  The other son on visits never viewed this wall.

So, who wrote it?  I guess part of the purpose of this blog is seeking to solicit a confession from someone!  But deep down, I really don’t want to know!

Yet, I am glad someone did it!  Yes, I am! After all, wouldn’t you like to know your name is forever written on the wall of the U.S. Capitol along with such famous people?  And to know it is forever guarded and protected so that it will never be removed?  Well, I am, and I am grateful to someone,  somewhere, who knew of this special wall and had access many years ago to inscribe the name “Jolly.”

Of course, this will get me nothing!  No fame!  No security!  No special inheritance!  Absolutely nothing!  But I am so thankful for one place my name is written that will never be erased . . . will give me an inheritance that will provide great riches . . . and will give me security, peace, and eternal joy!  My name is written in the Book of Life.  God wrote it there!  I know who wrote the name of Lawson Jolly there!  He wrote it there when by faith Jesus Christ became my Savior!

Someday, that wall in the Capitol will be gone!  My name there will become ashes!  But my name written in heaven will remain for all eternity!  I am so thankful for that!

” . . . I will never erase his name from the book of life.”  (Revelation 3:5)




  1. No matter if the Jolly on that secret wall belongs to a family member or not, know that your name is written in the hearts of those of us you bring the message of our Lord to.

    Comment by Rebecca Emery — June 6, 2011 @ 7:43 am | Reply

  2. Amen to that Brother! Jesus is the great redeemer! Our Master and Savior!

    Comment by Dudley Henry — June 6, 2011 @ 8:22 am | Reply

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