Offering the Morning Prayer on the House Floor

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This morning, I had my first opportunity to formally speak on the floor and I choose to share a message about the importance of inclusiveness and empowerment. We often throw around the term “diversity,” but simply acknowledging differences rings hollow if not coupled with the action of inclusion and engagement. So today in that spirit, I offered this prayer written collectively by our district faith leaders: by Rabbi Charles Arian of Kehilot Shalom, Imam of the Islamic Center of Germantown Amman Najjar, and the pastoral staff of the Covenant Methodist church.

Colleagues, Thank you allowing me to join with you in fellowship this morning.

Please bow your heads.

God and God of our ancestors: We ask Your blessings for our country — for its government, and for all who exercise just authority.

Creator of all flesh, bless all the inhabitants of our country with Your spirit. May all races and creeds forge a common bond in true harmony, to banish hatred and bigotry, and to safeguard the true ideals and free institutions that are the pride of our country.

God of all yesterdays and all tomorrows, today we are reminded that you made us all from the same colorless clay and you intentionally made us all different. Not to incite dischord, but to give us the opportunity to learn from each other.

“God of many colors and many signs, as the old ways disappear and we extend our hands to forge new unions, let your love cast out our fears and renew our hope as we strive to be an influence for good throughout the world, uniting all people in peace and freedom. And let us say, Amen.