The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Chaplain Margaret Grun Kibben

In a world where faith is under fire, believers of many different faith traditions are suffering persecution because of their beliefs, Lord, open our eyes to their tribulations. We who so easily––perhaps even casually––live our lives in faith, remind us that You have allowed us this freedom with the understanding that we have been given this wealth of privilege that we would share generously of our resources to ensure the welfare of others.

Open then our eyes to seek and serve those who dare to serve You in places where their voices are silenced, their worship is forbidden, their practices ruled illegal. Release them from their captivity and use us to show up, speak out, and step in to protect the religious liberties with which You have so richly endowed us.

In all this may we practice hospitality to each other and to those in need, opening our hearts to all those You call Your own.

In Your merciful name we pray. Amen.

Thought of the Week

I recommend a general and public return of praise and thanksgiving to Him from whose goodness these blessings descend. The most effectual means of securing the continuance of our civil and religious liberties is always to remember with reverence and gratitude the source from which they flow.

—John Jay