The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Chaplain Margaret Grun Kibben

On this St. Patrick's Day:

May our worries be slight and our troubles few.
May we always choose right in whatever we do.
Then, O God, may You give us for every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing for each trial;
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

Sure of Your grace and love this day and always, in Your sacred and most holy name we pray.  Amen.

Thought of the Week

God has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to find out their quality. He knew it already. It was I who didn't. In this trial He makes us occupy the dock, the witness box, and the bench all at once. He always knew my temple was a house of cards. His only way of making me realize the fact was to knock it down. 

—C.S. Lewis
A Grief Observed