The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Dr. Barry Black

U.S. Senate
Washington, DC

Date of Prayer: 03/30/2012

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Eternal Lord God, who alone spreads out the heavens and rules the raging of the sea, continue to challenge us when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrive safely simply because we have sailed too close to the shore.

Challenge us, O God, when, with the abundance of the things we possess, we lose our thirst for the waters of life.

Challenge us when we forget that righteousness exalts a nation, but that sin is an equal opportunity destroyer.

Challenge us when we fail to join You in Your quest to bring deliverance to captives, the recovery of sight to the blind, and to set at liberty those who are bruised.

O God, this day, challenge us to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas where storms will show Your mastery, where losing sight of land we will find Your stars.

We pray in Your sovereign name. Amen.

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