[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 1 (Wednesday, January 3, 2018)]
From the Congressional Record Online through GPO
The Chaplain, Dr. Barry C. Black, offered the following prayer:
Let us pray.
Everlasting God, our light and our salvation, You are the strength
and shield of our Nation and world. Lord, as we receive the gift of
this new year, we thank You for fresh starts and new mercies.
May our lawmakers seize the seeds of opportunity that reside in the
soil of their tomorrows, laboring diligently to ensure an abundant
harvest. Teach them to number their days as they remember that they
pass this way but once. Lord, remind them that Your hand is on the helm
of human affairs and that You still guide Your world. Give our
legislators the integrity to strive to do all the good they can, for as
many as they can, for as long as they can. Bless our Senators who are
leaving and those who are coming.
We pray in Your sovereign Name. Amen.