|House Prayer, Pro-forma session
December 30, 2019
Final House Prayer of the Decade
Featured on CNN's "Inside Politics"
as a prayer
"marking the end of the year with a message of hope"
This prayer on CNN:
On Dec 30, 2019, the same day this prayer was offered on the House floor,
CNN used an edited version of the video to kick off
that day's segment of Inside Politics, hosted by Nia-Malika Henderson,
noting that "as 2019 winds down, a prayer this morning from Capitol
Hill from a rabbi, marking the end of the year with a message of hope":
Almighty God, we pray, reflect, meditate in different ways,
but as a year, a decade ends, and 2020 begins,
may we reaffirm, united, the hope of Langston Hughes: “Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed.”
a nation founded on equality, rights;
a Constitution established for a more perfect union,
for liberty for us and our posterity.
Our votes, oaths, acts -- must reflect those dreams.
With this decade’s last House prayer,
we give thanks for progress,
look ahead with hope,
but with eyes wide open
to prejudice, hatred, terror that remain
-- fueling violence like the anti-Semitic
Hanukkah party attack Saturday,
the Texas church attack Sunday --
praying, Almighty God, for strength to dream
the bravest dream our dreamers dreamed, our people dreamed:
“We shall overcome, we shall overcome,
We shall overcome some day.
Deep in my heart, I do believe. We shall overcome some day.”
And let us say, Amen.