Reverend Doug Tanner
Faith & Politics Institute
Date of Prayer: 12/02/2010
Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:
Almighty God, we ask your blessing this day on the work of this House, and on the hearts and minds of its Members. At this time of year when nights grow long and temperatures fall, guard us, we pray, against seeing those with whom we agree as bearers of light and warmth and those with whom we disagree as harbingers of darkness and cold. Awaken instead an awareness that dark places of ego and arrogance reside in each of us, as do light places of compassion and camaraderie. Save us from shallowness... guide us toward depth of soul and strength of spirit... remind us there are better angels in our nature to carry us toward the land of liberty and justice for all, if we will but open ourselves to their wisdom. Amen.
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