Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My Prayer for Congress

This morning I had the mind-boggling honor to serve as a guest chaplain in the U.S. House of Representatives and to offer the opening prayer for the day's legislative business. I am deeply grateful to the House chaplain, Father Patrick Conroy, and my congressman, Rep. David Dreier, for helping make this happen.

Here was my prayer:

Gracious God, we acknowledge and praise you on this day that you have made.

We are reminded that all power and authority ultimately come from you. We do not wield our own power but we are stewards who have been entrusted with a greater power.

May the work that is done today in the halls of the powerful be done on behalf of the powerless. Would you open our ears to listen to the needs and the cries of those who are seldom heard. May the strong voices today speak out for the sake of those with no voice.

Would you grant our leaders courage and wisdom to do what is right, and would you pour out on them a spirit of peace, love, kindness, and gentleness.