The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Andrew Walton

Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church
Washington, DC

Date of Prayer: 05/02/2011

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

We come together in thanks and gratitude;
thankful for the wonder and mystery of life itself and grateful for the abundance of the universe in which our lives unfold.

We return today to a familiar yet changed place.
Gone are the dormant days of winter and fading blossoms of early spring. Still with us are days of transition as seasons collide too often in fury, chaos and even death.

Yet, beyond the storms, once again we see the rich fullness of creation, feel the warmth of the sun, touch fresh earth, smell fragrant breezes, and taste the produce of the land.

As individuals but more so collectively, we remember that we are called as caretakers of the cosmic home humanity shares, that when one suffers we all suffers, when one falls we all fall.

May our response to this call be one of possibility and potential inspired by imagination, wisdom and trust – but mostly by love unveiled in our common Spirit, both human and divine.

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