As Debt Debate Continues, a Poignant Prayer Opens up the Senate

By Eliza

Jul 11, 2011 3:10pm

abc pol senate chaplin 110711 wb As Debt Debate Continues, a Poignant Prayer Opens up the Senate

ABC News' Sunlen Miller (@sunlenmiller) reports:

As the Senate convened today there was a rather poignant prayer from the Senate Chaplin, worth noting as the negotiations continue for a debt-reduction deal to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling before August 2nd.

“As we begin this week we are aware that Americans are watching on television the daily business of this chamber,” Senate Chaplin Barry Black said on the Senate floor, “Grant our senators wisdom to solve the complex issues of our time. Lord, inspire them to see the wisdom of cooperation. Strengthen their minds and bodies to endure long hours of labor and to build alliances across the aisle that will lead us and our nation to a better tomorrow.”

Each day the Senate is in session a prayer given by the Senate Chaplin opens up the working day. In addition, the Chaplin counsels and provides “spiritual care” for the Senators, their families and staffs.  The Office of the Chaplain is nonpartisan, nonpolitical, and nonsectarian.

The leadership from both the House of Representatives and the Senate sit down with President Obama and Vice president Biden for the second straight day of meetings aimed at increasing the debt ceiling before August 2nd.

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