The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Chaplain Margaret Grun Kibben

Almighty God, how good and pleasant it is when people live in unity.

And on this day, when many have been in fellowship together at the National Prayer Breakfast, people of different parties and nations have broken bread together, people of different beliefs have shared in faith, we give You thanks for the harmony of their devotion to You and for giving us a glimpse of what is good and pleasant in Your eyes.
May all of us have the willingness to look for such common ground in our engagements with one another, whether it be over a matter of policy or in a moment of prayer. Reveal Yourself to us in the other, that in them we would see again what is good and pleasant in Your eyes.
Sovereign God, remind us that to strive for unity does not mean to disparage diversity. Rather, You call us to be one in You, for there we will discover that the dissonance of our voices will resolve to harmony. How good and pleasant that would be.
In Your loving name we pray.  Amen.

Thought of the Week

Without forgiveness, there is no future.

—Desmond Tutu