The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Ronald Christian

Lutheran Social Services
Fairfax, VA

Date of Prayer: 04/27/2001

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Almighty and Creator God, the Sun never sets on Your world and it is always rising on Your people. Therefore, we offer our thanksgiving for Your steadfast love and mercy that is available to us again this day.

We assign our gratitude to You for the blessings all around us that we so frequently mistake as the result of our own efforts and talents. And we pray, look kindly on Your people who seek health and hope, and the promise of a better day. Give Your favor to the suffering, the sorrowful, and the distressed in our land and may we paraphrase the words of Your poet and psalmist, this is the day You have made for all of us in which we are to live and work and make peace. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Amen.

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