It's the job of the Senate chaplain to say a prayer each morning when the Senate begins a new session. Just days before a possible federal government shutdown, the prayer offered by Barry C. Black on Friday was especially timely:
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.