The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend J. Cletus Kiley

The Faith and Politics Institute
Washington, DC

Date of Prayer: 07/11/2006

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

O God, we bow our heads humbly, gathered in this hallowed chamber at the beginning of a new day. Here, in this place, our faith and our politics meet.

Our work is about the just ordering of our society. And so at the beginning of this day we beg a portion of your Spirit that we might fully understand the authentic requirements that such a just society demands.

We beg a fuller portion of your Spirit to strengthen us so that our work is always at the service of love, and thus, in the face of human suffering, we may become a consolation; where there is isolation, we may become community; where there is need, we may become abundance; where there is threat, we may become strength.

Today, O God, stretch us beyond our personal limits that we might fulfill your divine plan and may serve the common good of our people.


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