The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Doctor Lloyd J. Ogilvie

Chaplain, U.S. Senate
Washington , DC

Date of Prayer: 01/23/2004

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

God our Father, we pause in the midst of the changes and challenges of life to receive a fresh experience of Your goodness. You are always consistent, never changing, constantly fulfilling Your plans and purposes, and totally reliable. There is no shadow of turning with You; as You have been, You will be forever. All Your attributes are summed up in Your goodness. It is the password for Your presence, the metonym for Your majesty and the synonym for Your strength. Your goodness is generosity that You define. It is Your out–rushing, unqualified love poured out in graciousness and compassion. You are good when circumstances seem bad. And when we ask for Your help, Your goodness can bring what is best out of the most complicated problems.

Thank You for Your goodness given so lavishly to our Nation throughout our history. Today we turn to You for Your guidance for what is good for our country. Keep us grounded in Your sovereignty, rooted in Your commandments, and nurtured by the absolutes of Your truth and righteousness. May Your goodness always be the source of our Nation's greatness. In the name of our Lord and Savior. Amen.

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