[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 181 (Tuesday, November 7, 2017)]
From the Congressional Record Online through GPO
Chaplain Michael J. Halyard, South Texas Veterans Health Care System,
San Antonio, Texas, offered the following prayer:
Merciful and loving God, source of life and constant guide to Your
people, we ask Your blessings on our esteemed Representatives as they
continue to help govern a course for our Nation and its citizens.
In these days of disrepute and impropriety, keep them steadfast in
their deliberations. Inspire them to continue in their journey to
promote the values upon which this great Nation was founded: justice,
liberty, equality, freedom, and peace.
As Your blessings of goodness transcend into a dynamic of creativity,
help us to see signs of hope born of pain as we often find ourselves
present in the midst of uncertainty and suffering.
May the vacuous space left by stains of catastrophic occurrences open
the minds and hearts of all to deeper compassion and a new level of
May all that is done here today be for our American democracy while
reflecting Your resplendent honor and glory.