The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Bill Kirlin-Hackett

Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness
Bellevue, WA

Date of Prayer: 08/19/2011

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Holy and gracious God, before you we humbly serve. We seek what is best and what makes for compassionate and reasoned leadership.

We are blessed with the gift of differences that together, and that in unity, make us whole. Enable us to reconcile differences when at times such gifts separate us. Guide us toward the reconciliation that produces effective decisions, that builds engaged citizens, and that makes of us good neighbors to others less fortunate.

These times call for our listening to each other with our minds and hearts, as one neighbor seeks what is best for another. You have shown us what is good; that is, to love justice, to seek kindness, and to walk humbly with your strength made manifest among, between, and within us.

May God thus be seen, may we thus be led, may we thus be known.


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