The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Chaplain Margaret Grun Kibben

Holy and eternal God, with You a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years a day. In the face of the 280 days of warfare in Ukraine, help us not to doubt Your sway over time and Your sovereignty over our lives. You are not slow to keep Your promise, but we ask Your patience with us when we pray for immediate resolution.

Grant each side and all those immersed in this conflict moral clarity in the midst of this horror. Grant us Your vision where there seems to be no end in sight. Reveal Your perfect justice and restore the livelihoods which have been destroyed and the souls which have been crushed.

Uphold those who remain faithful to the cause of righteousness. Continue to grant them the spiritual strength that has, throughout their adversity, served as a testimony to the resilience to be found only in You.

For in You, they are known, though regarded as unknown; they are dying and yet they live on; beaten and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing. For they have found that in You, O Lord, is peace.

Grant then Your peace to Ukraine and all who suffer from injustice in this world. In the strength of Your name we pray. Amen.

Thought of the Week

We draw people to [God] not by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it. 

—Madeleine L'Engle