Just days away from a potential government shutdown, the chaplain in the United States Senate this morning looked to a higher power to help resolve partisan disputes:
Keep us from shackling ourselves with the chains of dysfunction. Use our senators today to serve your purposes for this generation, making them ever mindful of their accountability to you. Lord, deliver us from governing by crisis, empowering us to be responsible stewards of your bounty. Using judicious compromise for the mutual progress of all. Provide this land we love with your gracious protection and may we never cease to be grateful for the numberless blessings we receive each day from your hands.
We pray, in your merciful name, Amen.