The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff

Retired Chaplain, U.S. Navy
Washington, DC

Date of Prayer: 07/18/2016

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Let us pray:
O Lord who said "Let there be light," we have reason still to fear the dark, the dark of senseless death, of murder, terror, fear, and
strife, testing faith in a future warm and bright.

This day, 18 July, almost 250 years ago, the Gazette in Boston published a patriotic hymn, "The Liberty Song":

Join hand in hand, brave Americans all;
By uniting, we stand; by dividing, we fall.

I was in a Beirut foxhole, 1983, religious war, but U.S. foxholes were unique: interfaith. Side by side, some sought You through different religious faith traditions; others––not religious––found faith and common cause in freedom's call, in freedom's holy light.

Help us, we pray, learn the truth I learned that day that if more foxholes, if more people made room for others' faiths, we would need far fewer foxholes and have more cause for faith.

So give us strength to pray: Join hand in hand, brave Americans all. By uniting, we stand; by dividing, we fall.


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