The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Daniel P. Gallagher

Edon Church of Christ
Edon, OH

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. Paul Gillmor, (R-OH)
Date of Prayer: 05/11/2005

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. GILLMOR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to a truly wonderful friend of the Fifth Congressional District of Ohio. Daniel P. Gallagher is currently the minister at Edon Church of Christ in Edon, Ohio. Today the House was honored to open our legislative session by the inspirational words of Daniel as our guest chaplain.

To his soldiers at Valley Forge, our Nation's Founding Father George Washington proclaimed, ‘‘To the distinguished character of patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.'' Today, before our House could again open and continue to work the will of the people, we paused, and we paused, as we have each morning since the Continental Congress, to give thanks and ask for strength.

We have had a chaplain since 1789, and as Guest Chaplain, Daniel Gallagher continues the great tradition by offering his leadership and guidance to this institution.

Through Reverend Gallagher's opening prayer today, the Village of Edon has extended its arms and offered their prayers to those elected to serve them.

Williams County, Ohio is proud to claim the Village of Edon and its nearly one thousand citizens. The county borders both the States of Michigan and Indiana. This wonderful area of Ohio produces great crops for consumption, machines for production and the toys which deliver upon us the joyful sounds of children laughing. Williams County and the Village of Edon provide the fruit of life to our Nation and today it has sent us its shepherd.

Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in paying special tribute to Daniel P. Gallagher as we give thanks for his inspiring words. On behalf of the people of the Fifth District of Ohio, I am proud to recognize his faith and service. We wish Daniel and his family the best as we salute one of Ohio's finest citizens. ;

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Oh Lord, God of Heaven and earth, there is no God like you. Your mercy and grace continue to shower down on Your servants, those of this great building who serve this nation's people. A nation started not by accident but by Your providence and watch care. I ask of You, Lord, to help guide these men and women to make decisions that will make this country better and stronger, not just in the physical sense but in the spiritual as well. Help these leaders to keep their eyes focused on Your desires to make this country what You intended her to be when You first brought people to its shores to be a "light on a hill" for all the world to see. But Father, may the world not see the might of this country but the Almighty, who is our Watchman. Amen.

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