The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

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Chaplain Margaret Grun Kibben

Wise creator, You set before us, among us, and around us so many examples within Your divine handiwork that serve to open our minds to understand the meaning and purpose of our uniqueness, as well as the reason and necessity of our unity. We see even in the human body, the many parts that comprise it, each with its own valuable function, yet each in reliance of the whole.

In Your divine design of our very being, You have instilled in us the importance of safeguarding and protecting, respecting, and dignifying each individual element that makes us who we are. May we be faithful to Your intention for our life in community and regard each of the many Members of this body with the same security and protection, respect, and dignity as we regard ourselves.

Likewise, You have revealed to us the obligation each part of the body has to the other for the welfare of the whole. May we be receptive to upholding the intricate balance of Your gracious plan, that we, too, would acknowledge the need we have to work with, even rely on, all others without whom this body would not be complete.

For out of many, we are one, and in oneness, may we glorify You.

In Your holy name we pray. Amen.