Reverend Lt. Commander Stephen Coates
Office of the Chaplain of the Marine Corps
Date of Prayer: 05/08/2014
Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:
Sovereign Lord, the sound of this corporate prayer is as nothing compared to the clarion call of Your divine voice––rolling thunders of justice, resounding echoes of mercy, redemptive whispers of grace, calm assurances of comfort, promising songs of hope.
Like Your clear voice, may all words spoken in this Chamber today accurately reflect the fidelity of honest conversations between Members, the brutal wonder of free exchange amid volitional minds, the compassion of sincere interactions with constituents known by name and place, the hallowed–ness of solitary, bended–knee utterances known only to You, and the sacred thoughtfulness incumbent upon persons of privilege vested with the responsibility to weigh the consequences of matters temporal in light of the gravity of matters eternal.
May the same purity of passion that stirred these willing servants to seek positions of public protection and provision empower them this day to honor You in serving all.
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