The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Emmett J. Gavin

Whitefriars Hall
Washington, DC

Date of Prayer: 10/28/2002

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Gracious and loving God, Author of all creation and Source of all wisdom, we once again come to You this day to seek the grace and guidance we need to be a faithful people. Help us to use wisely the many gifts and blessings You have given us as a Nation. Loving God, may we always be grateful for Your goodness and generosity to us and always use the blessings You have showered upon us to help bring peace, unity, and prosperity to all Your people throughout the world.

It is with deep gratitude that we recognize Your saving hand in the restoration of peace and security in this region surrounding our Nation's Capitol. We continue to mourn the loss of the men and women who lost their lives in the senseless rampage of killing that held our people hostage in these recent days. We offer our prayers and our support to their loved ones who have been left to bear the heavy burden of their loss.

We also recognize with profound sorrow the loss of the distinguished Senator from Minnesota, and his wife and daughter and staff. Our hearts go out to those who mourn their untimely passing.

It serves to remind us, Lord, that we live in a world where terror and danger in many forms threaten the peace and the security of Your children everywhere. Let us always have the courage and wisdom to lead the way in eradicating this scourge upon the human family. Bring men and women of good will together in all corners of our world so that we might in our own ways and in our own traditions worship and serve You, our one true God.

We make these prayers, Lord, confident that You will hear and answer them today and always. Amen.

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