The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Chaplain Amber Murrell

Almighty God, we come to You asking You grant us humility of heart and sobriety of mind as we lead the people You have entrusted to us.

Grant our Representatives wisdom from above and a steady resolve to administer justice over the land and people they have been appointed. Fill them with hope and dogged determination to work as if they are working for You and usher in Your Kingdom come.

And as the distractions and demands of life flood their day, create eddies for them to rejuvenate and refocus so they may faithfully discharge the duties of the office they fill. Encourage and strengthen them. May they enjoy Your shalom even as they face the ever–present daunting tasks before them. Please surround them with trusted companions and sagacious advisers that know and trust in You.

Jehovah Rophi, the God who heals, please heal our land. May we, these United States of America, truly be one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. But above all, may each and every one of us truly grasp Your great and everlasting love. So, as we go about our day and every day, I pray we go give ‘em Heaven.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Thought of the Week

“Psalm 90

O God, You have been our refuge in every generation.
Before the mountains came into being, before You brought forth the earth and the world, from eternity to eternity You are God.
You return us to dust; Your decree: “Return, you mortals!”
For in Your sight a thousand years are as yesterday when it has passed, as a watch n the night.
You engulf us in sleep; we are like grass that renews itself; at daybreak it flourishes anew; at dusk it withers and dries up. The span of our life is threescore years and ten, or, given strength, fourscore years; But the best of those years have trouble and sorrow.
They pass by speedily, and we are in darkness.
Teach us, therefore, so to number our days that we may attain a heart of wisdom, Turn to us, O God!
Show mercy to Your servants.
Satisfy us at daybreak wit Your steadfast love That we may sing for joy all our days.
Let Your deeds be seen by Your servants, Your glory by their children.
May Your favor, O God, be upon us.
Establish the work of our hands that it may long endure.”

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