The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Eugene F. Hemrick

Diocese of Joliet

Date of Prayer: 01/31/2003

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

O Lord, on the walls of our Library of Congress, You tell us, wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom; and with all thy getting, get understanding.

As we begin this day, may we dig deeper, ever so little more, to understand the awesome responsibilities we shoulder. May we understand, ever so little more, the difference we make in the lives of our people, our Nation, the world. May we endeavor, ever so little more, to be a person of understanding, always working to clarify, redefine and repeat in order to create better understanding.

Lord, may we take time, be it for only a few moments, to understand Your will in our work. Lord, we have the saying, give it the old college try, meaning to do our best. May we do our best to understand that our business is really Your business, and in doing so, inspire our Nation with the wisdom and understanding that You are. Amen.

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