The Senate Floor’s Opening Prayer: ‘The Beginnings Of a Rainbow After the Storm’

Aug 1, 2011 11:19am

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ABC News’ Sunlen Miller (@SunlenMiller) reports:

As the Senate floor opened this morning, after a whirlwind weekend in which Congress worked to find a deal on the debt ceiling with the Tuesday deadline looming, the Senate Chaplin, Dr. Barry C. Black  started the day with another poignant prayer.

“Although life’s challenges sometimes prompt us to feel that we are rearranging furniture in a burning building, we take comfort in the knowledge that you hear and answer prayer,” Black said. “We thank you that our lawmakers are striving to find common ground.”

The Senate is expected to vote perhaps as early as this afternoon on the final debt deal, so there is still work left to do before a formal deal is signed onto, something the Chaplin noted this morning.

“While work remains to be done empower them to discover opportunities in this current crisis to build permanent bridges of cooperation as they remember that with many counselors there is safety.”

And a final word from the chaplin about those Congressional staff members who worked for days and weeks leading up to the long weekend in which a deal was finally brokered.

“Bless the members of their staffs who have labored diligently so that we can see the beginnings of a rainbow after the storm. May these sometime unsung heroes and heroines know that you will reward their faithfulness.”

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