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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Milton Balkany on 22 March 2007

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Milton Balkany, New York
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Date of Prayer: 2007-03-22

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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Our Father in Heaven,
snowflakes windswept to sky-piercing peaks
do more than cloak mountaintops
in their fine wintry vestments.
Their varied crystalline structures
speak of how You,
the Master Artist,
have sculpted our world
to exemplify the beauty
of contrast.
Heartfelt differences
are the hallmark of our times.
O Lord,
help us realize
that division
need not be
the lyric of sorrow
but the signature of brotherhood.

In the pursuit of truth
and righteousness,
disputes can compose verses
of hard-won wisdom.
Consider the rent of rock
running through the Grand Canyon.
It is a break,
a fissure,
a divide miles deep
and, yet,
is there a sight more majestic?
Unity is not sameness,
nor is it bland agreement.
Only when Moses parted the waters
was a nation set free.

We pray, O God,
give us strength to grapple for the great good,
defend the passion of our convictions,
and still retain the devotion of brothers and sisters.
Bless all of us
in this hallowed hall of lawmaking
with clarity of vision
so that we may gaze upon the heights
of our shared destiny.
Amen.

Source(s)

110th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 153, No. 50 — Daily Edition (March 22, 2007)

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