As the House Judiciary Committee began debate Tuesday over whether to proceed with two Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump, the Senate’s chaplain asked God to “restore the souls” of lawmakers during his opening prayer for that chamber.
Chaplain Barry Black’s 90-second prayer, which included references to Psalm 23, was aired on C-SPAN and social media. He called for God’s wisdom during “this turbulent season.”
“Let us pray. Eternal Father, the center of our joy,” Black prayed. “Bless our lawmakers with the peace and wisdom needed to lead in our challenging world. Give them eyes to discern and understand the intricate complexity of this turbulent season. Lord, guide our senators to the right paths, lead them beside still waters, restore their souls.
“Let them lack nothing, for You can keep them whole. Overflow their cups with gentleness, care and understanding for the people they represent. Let them fear no evil and take courage in adversity for You continue to lead them with Your all-knowing right hand. We pray in Your everlasting name, Amen.”
Although Black’s prayer alluded to a divided Congress, he said during a July panel discussion on political division, covered by the Christian Post, that he believes American disunity is not as great as media reports make it seem.
“I’m startled many times when I hear news people pontificating about how terrible things are,” Black told British journalist Rob Gifford, moderator of the “At the Table” discussion hosted by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.
“And I’m [wondering], ‘Is this an alternative universe that I’m looking at?’ Because I know what bad looks like and this is not as bad as it’s been.”
Black, the first African American and Seventh-day Adventist to hold the post, shared that a Democrat senator had recently lamented, “this is one of the most challenging times in the history of humanity.” The chaplain said he responded to the senator by saying that “slavery was pretty bad.”
Too often, Black told the gathering, “division is given a black eye.”
“The reality is that there has always been division,” the chaplain said. “Jesus, in His John 17 intercessory prayer, prays, ‘Father, make them one, as we are one.’ And when you look at some of the periods of division in the nation and what we’ve been able to overcome, you know, the question ‘Is hope possible?’ is almost rhetorical.”
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Source: Christian Headlines