The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields

Ruler of the Universe, bless our leaders, with an understanding and discerning mind, a listening ear, a compassionate heart, and insightful thoughts. We thank you O God for enabling us to live in a free country, and we remember those who do not yet live in freedom. We pray that the leaders of our country help those who suffer in the hands of others and come to the aid of those held in captivity. We thank you God for the confidence the constituents place in their elected leaders. This week in many communities, we conclude the reading of the Book of Numbers, the end of the desert journey of the Israelites. We learn from their example that life is a journey. Let us make each day meaningful, different than the one before, helping others, and moving towards a life of peace and freedom. We ask God’s blessings upon the men and women who serve in the House of Representatives:
May God bless you and guard you.
May God show you favor and be gracious to you.
May God show you kindness and grant you peace.
And let us all say Amen.