The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Reverend Dr. Kurt Gerhard

God who exists within each one of us and binds us together as one people: Be with us on this Election Day as we exercise our responsibility to choose our leaders and set a trajectory into the future.
Let us be mindful and respectful of the views of those who vote for someone else.
Open our minds to realize that although we are a nation filled with diverse philosophies, our common motive is to make this country a fruitful and peace–filled nation allowing all people the opportunity to pursue dreams.
Help us to see our victories and defeats in the voting booths as a blessing of freedom and not a judgment on ideals.
Help us be mindful of our unity and bless this country and all nations and peoples now and forever. We ask this in your holy name. Amen.

Thought of the Week

“"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – – or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country." ”

—Samuel Adams
[Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1907), Vol. IV, p. 256, in the Boston Gazette on April 16, 1781.]

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