From the Congressional Record Online through GPO
Reverend Ric Metzgar, Sr., The Church of God, Essex, Maryland,
offered the following prayer:
My heavenly Father, You are the composer of my life. Thank you for
orchestrating my direction today.
I recognize You as the source of life and love. Hear the prayers of
this House, both for the good of the Nation and the good of humanity
and around the world. Help this House to discern Your will in our day.
Strengthen all of us and help us to show forth the fruits of Your
spirit of love, joy, peace, and generosity as we go about our work.
Grant us a spirit of compassion and cooperation.
We ask Your blessings for all those who have chosen to take up this
difficult task of governing, not only those who are elected but also
those who serve as staffers, interns, and volunteers here and around
our great Nation.
We look to Your Scriptures that tell us “Balance and scales belong
to the Lord; all weights of justice belong to You.” And as Jeremiah
29:7 exhorts us to:
Seek the peace of the city and our Nation. Pray to the Lord
for it; for in its peace, you will have peace.
May the peace that passes all understanding guide our hearts and our
minds in the days to come.
This we pray in Your matchless name, thanking You for being the
architect of our lives.