Senate Prayer
                                         May 19, 2003

                                      
Guest Chaplain
                            Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff

O Lord who hears our prayers,
as this session now begins, and before the leaders here debate the issues they confront, and with which our country and our people struggle, we begin united, united with a prayer:  a reminder that, even as we disagree on one course of action or the next, we do so in pursuit of common prayers and dreams--liberty, dignity, and freedom--that unite us all.

We sometimes call this starting prayer an invocation, but it is not your presence we invoke, for you are always with us, no matter where we are or where we go--as we soar on eagles wings toward heaven; as we search the deepest reaches of the sea; or as we seek to balance responsibility and right through the actions taken here in the halls of congress; we know we find your hand.

Instead, it is awareness of your presence that we call forth, that we invoke: a reminder of a plan or dream in which we might play a part; a promise of a better world, a better time, a time of peace and justice, that we might help to build. May your presence touch our lives and help shape our words so that we might find the wisdom and the courage to do our part to keep those prayers and dreams alive, and help make our prayers and dreams come true.

And may we say, Amen.