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"Lord, We All Love a Winner": The First Post-Election Senate Prayer

Senate Chaplain Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie

Sovereign of our Nation, we trust You as ultimate Ruler of this land. Give us historically astute hindsight so we can have 20/20 vision to see that You are at work in the shadowy realms of the often ambiguous election processes. We grow in confidence as we remember that You have sustained us in crises over contested presidential elections at crucial times in our history. There is no panic in heaven; therefore there can be peace in our souls in the midst of the human muddle of this uncertain time.

You have all power, You alone are Almighty, and You are able to accomplish Your purposes and plans through the votes of Your people. You rule and overrule. When these votes bring us to results that are painfully close, give us patience to wait for a just resolution. Your intervening power is not limited: You are able to guide the candidates and their advisors about when and how to do what is best for America.

Lord, we all love a winner, but most of all, we want America to win in this conflict. With this as the focus of our attention, we intentionally turn away from divisive distrust of people and human systems to divinely inspired confidence in You. You are still in charge. In that liberating assurance, may the Senators and their staffs, and all of us who work with and for them, press on with alacrity to finish the work of the 106th Congress. You, dear God, are in control. You are our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

[Taken from the Congressional Record, 14 November 2000, page S11511.]