The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff

Retired Chaplain, U.S. Navy
Washington, DC

Date of Prayer: 08/18/2017

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Almighty God,we pray, reflect, or meditate in different ways but together ask your blessing for this country that we love.

We are far from perfect, but we have a perfect dream: liberty, justice – equality – for all.

On this date – August 18 – we made progress in the past. We ratified the nineteenth amendment, tearing down the wall that blocked a woman’s right to vote;did what we do best when we are at our best:made a moral right a legal right, enshrining liberty in law.

This week we mourn the pain and death of neighbors –– the clashes in the street, the shouted words of hate –– attacks against the very dreams that remind us who and what we yearn to be.

And so we pray with words of song:
America, America
God mend thine every flaw
Confirm thy soul in self–control,
Thy liberty in law.

–– And let us say, Amen

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