The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff

Chaplain, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Washington, DC

Date of Prayer: 11/29/2019

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Almighty God, we pray, reflect, meditate in different ways, but come together to give thanks.

This Thanksgiving week we acknowledge times are hard: hostility and tension fill our airwaves and our lives. But Thanksgiving is a choice: give thanks for, build on, moments that give hope; or give up, succumbing to despair.

On this House floor last week Congressman John Lewis walked across the aisle, honoring, embracing, Senator Johnny Isakson with simple but
inspiring words: "I will come over to meet you, brother."

When we see another not as other, but instead as brother, sister, neighbor, that is cause for thanks.

During holidays some feast and some go hungry––not for bread alone, but for kindness and for hope. When words and actions bridge a gap, when character and decency touch our hearts, that is cause for thanks.

God, help us give thanks, celebrate good, and hold onto faith that better times will come.

May we say, amen.

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