The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Chaplain Margaret Grun Kibben

Wise creator, You set before us, among us, and around us so many examples within Your divine handiwork that serve to open our minds to understand the meaning and purpose of our uniqueness, as well as the reason and necessity of our unity. We see even in the human body, the many parts that comprise it, each with its own valuable function, yet each in reliance of the whole.

In Your divine design of our very being, You have instilled in us the importance of safeguarding and protecting, respecting, and dignifying each individual element that makes us who we are. May we be faithful to Your intention for our life in community and regard each of the many Members of this body with the same security and protection, respect, and dignity as we regard ourselves.

Likewise, You have revealed to us the obligation each part of the body has to the other for the welfare of the whole. May we be receptive to upholding the intricate balance of Your gracious plan, that we, too, would acknowledge the need we have to work with, even rely on, all others without whom this body would not be complete.

For out of many, we are one, and in oneness, may we glorify You.

In Your holy name we pray. Amen.

Thought of the Week

Mr. Lincoln and his family were staying at the Soldiers' Home for a little while, and Joshua Speed was invited to spend the night with them. As he entered the room, Lincoln was sitting near a window intently reading his Bible. Speed remarked, "I am glad to see you so profitably engaged." 
"Yes," said Lincoln, "I am profitably engaged." 
"Well," said Speed, "if you have recovered from your skepticism, I am sorry to say that I have not." 
Lincoln, looking Speed earnestly in the face, and placing his hand on his shoulder, said: "You are wrong, Speed. Take all of this book upon reason that you can, and the balance on faith, and you will live and die a happier man."

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