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REV. EDWARD GARDINER LATCH, D.D., L.H.D. 


91st Congress, 2d Session - House Document No. 438 


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OFFERED BY THE CHAPLAIN 
REV. EDWARD GARDINER LATCH, D.D., L.H.D. 
AT THE OPENING OF THE DAILY SESSIONS OF THE 
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES 
DURING THE EIGHTY-NINTH, NINETIETH, 
AND NINETY-FIRST CONGRESSES 
1966-1971 


UNITED STATES 
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE 
WASHINGTON : 1971 





Theology Library 


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H. Con. Res. 789 Passed December 2, 1970 


CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 
(Submitted by Mr. Arends) 


Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That 
the prayers offered by the Chaplain, the Reverend Edward Gardiner Latch, 
D.D., L.H.D., at the opening of the daily sessions of the House of Repre- 
sentatives of the United States during the Eighty-ninth, Ninetieth, and 
Ninety-first Congresses, be printed, with appropriate illustration, as a House 
document, and that three thousand additional copies be printed and bound 
for the use of the House of Representatives, to be distributed by the Chap- 
lain of the House of Representatives. 

Attest: 
W. Pat JENNINGS, 
Clerk of the House of Representatives. 
Attest: 
Francis A. VALEO, 
Secretary of the Senate. 


DEDICATED 
TO 
JOHN W. McCORMACK 
BELOVED SPEAKER 
UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 
JANUARY 10, 1962-JANUARY 2, 1971 
WHO APPOINTED ME CHAPLAIN 
MARCH 14, 1966 






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Introduction 


The U.S. House of Representatives, by a resolution adopted in the 91st 
Congress, authorized the printing of the prayers offered by the Chaplain, 
Edward Gardiner Latch, D.D., L.H.D., at the opening of daily sessions dur- 
ing the 89th, 90th, and 91st Congresses. 

Dr. Latch was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, raised in Baltimore, 
Maryland, and all his ministry of 45 years was spent in the metropolitan 
area of Washington, D.C. Here he served four churches and the last one, 
Metropolitan Memorial, the National Methodist Church, he served for 26 
years. On Monday, March 14, 1966, I had the happy privilege of appoint- 
ing him Chaplain of the House of Representatives for the remainder of the 
89th Congress. He was elected Chaplain in 1967 for the 90th Congress and 
was reelected in 1969 for the 91st Congress. He gives full time to his work 
and enjoys it as much as we enjoy having him. 

The prayers offered by Chaplain Latch during the last four years have 
warmed our hearts, increased our faith, made us more conscious of the 
divine presence, and strengthened our efforts to serve our country and to 
bring peace to our world. Again and again, he prayed that we may be given 
courage to walk in God’s way, wisdom to make right decisions, strength 
to devote ourselves to our nation, and love to relate ourselves affirmatively 
to one another. Here is the mood of moral earnestness, a feeling of deep 
religious faith, an eager devotion to keep our Republic great and good, and 
a genuine desire to advance the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood 
of man. May the spirit of this volume awaken in all who make use of tt a 
sense of the presence of God and a stimulation to work for one nation, in- 
divisible, with liberty and justice for all. 

JOHN W. McCORMACK, 
Speaker, House of Representatives. 


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Foreword 
by 
Tut HonoraBLeE CARL ALBERT 


President Johnson once described the daily prayers in Congress as one of 
the most important traditions of government. I agree. Like him, I feel that 
the prayer is as much a part of the legislative process as is the drafting of 
bills and the taking of votes on them. 

I have made it a practice ever since I have been a Member of Congress 
to be present every possible day for the opening prayer in the House of Rep- 
resentatives. I think this has profited me not only in the personal strength 
and peace which prayer always engenders but more important in the perspec- 
tive which the reflections of a man of God bring as I face problems from day 
to day. 

It has been my good fortune to know personally six Chaplains who have 
served in the Congress. None has been more outstanding than our present 
House Chaplain, Dr. Edward Gardiner Latch. His prayers have been an 
inspiration to all of us, lifting our spirits above the dome of the Capitol to 
the Almighty. I am delighted that many of these prayers are included in this 
volume and can thus be shared with others of this generation and of genera- 
tions to come. 

It is particularly fitting that this volume should be dedicated to our 
beloved Speaker, the Honorable John W. McCormack, who has retired after 
more than 42 years of outstanding service in the Congress. 

His tenure has been marked by a recognition of our need for Divine Guid- 
ance as individuals and as a nation. His devotion to God has been reflected 
in his public life and in his service to his fellowman. Perhaps one of his con- 
stituents described him best when she said that not only is he a great man but 
a good man. 

The dedication of these prayers to Speaker McCormack is an appropriate 
tribute to a good man... a faithful servant of God. 


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Foreword 


by 
Tue HonoraBLeE Hate Boccs 


Dr. Edward G. Latch, the Chaplain of the House of Representatives, is a 
gifted man. 

Each day, when the House is called to order, Dr. Latch steps up to the 
lectern and offers a prayer. He has done this hundreds of times, and yet 
each prayer is an original work of a master craftsman. 

Dr. Latch’s craft, of course, is the art of communicating with God. And, 
his unique specialty is doing it in behalf of the House of Representatives. 

The content of Dr. Latch’s prayers—and the enthusiasm which he brings 
to his work—set the tone for a working day in the House. Each invocation 
offers a fresh insight and a new perspective of the real business of govern- 
ment: the care and maintenance of human life and happiness. 

Dr. Latch’s prayers—and counsel—have won him respect and admiration 
from all four hundred and thirty-five Members of the House. It is therefore 
fitting that this collection of Dr. Latch’s prayers be published and made 
available for the inspiration and benefit of others. 

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Foreword 


by 
Tue HonoraBLE GERALD R. Forp 


Prayer is a power in the lives of all those who believe deeply in a Supreme 
Being and address themselves to that Being. Prayer heals; prayer comforts; 
prayer inspires. 

There are few who can speak to the Supreme Being in words more inspira- 
tional than those of Dr. Edward G. Latch, for nearly five years the revered 
chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Dr. Latch clearly and eloquently speaks for all Members of the House 
when each day he opens the legislative session with words of prayer. 

Dr. Latch has a profound sense of knowing—knowing the innermost 
thoughts of Members of the House, knowing their spiritual needs, and know- 
ing how to speak for House Members in words of prayer. He has counseled 
many House Members and their staff people. 

Having listened daily to Dr. Latch, I can highly recommend this volume 
of prayers to all potential readers both as to content and inspiration. 

As House chaplain, Dr. Latch has the great gift of speaking in phrases 
which express love of country as well as a deep love of God. He sets forth, 
therefore, the sense of religious conviction which sustained our forefathers 
when they settled on these shores. 

I commend Dr. Latch’s volume of prayers to all who are in need of moral 
sustenance. His is a book filled with the love of God. 


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Foreword 


by 
Tue Honorasie Leste C. ARENDS 


This is an extraordinary book. It is a compilation of the prayers offered 
by the Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives at the opening of 
each legislative session. This of itself is not what makes the volume extraor- 
dinary. It is that the man—Dr. Edward G. Latch—who as the House 
Chaplain delivered these prayers is himself so extraordinary. 

Perhaps I know Dr. Latch better than most. Before being selected to 
serve as Chaplain of the House of Representatives, he served as Pastor of 
the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, where I have reg- 
ularly attended services for many years. He has been a continuing source 
of inspiration to me, as he unquestionably has been to countless others. 

This volume of prayers reflects the character of Dr. Latch, who is as 
close to the image and likeness of God as any man I know. His very pres- 
ence radiates goodness, coupled with understanding. 

Dr. Latch’s prayers present a panorama of the problems confronting our 
country, with which Members of Congress are called upon to deal in their 
deliberations. He shows us how we can make practical application of spir- 
itual principles in best meeting the many needs of mankind. 

The contents of this book could well guide the daily prayers of every 
man. And they are certain to bring renewed faith and renewed courage 
in our struggle to realize God’s Kingdom on earth. 

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Foreword 
by 
Tur HonorasBLE GEorGE MAHON 


I have not known a finer man than our Chaplain, Dr. Latch. 

I have known him well for a quarter of a century. He has been my good 
and always helpful friend. He is a friend to all mankind. 

Filled to overflowing with love and compassion for his fellow man and 
blessed with an abundance of that great Christian virtue of charity, he is 
superbly endowed by his Maker to discharge his appointed commission. I 
have always thought of him as a “perfect and upright” man of God. 

Prayer is our conduit to God. May the House of Representatives never 
be without this never-failing source of strength. Dr. Latch, in his great 
understanding of the purposes of God and of man, has blessed the House 
and the Nation through his spiritual leadership. 

The Apostle Paul wrote that it is required of stewards that they be found 
faithful. I believe I bespeak the sentiments of Members of the House of 
Representatives generally that we—the people of his pasture and the sheep 
of his land, so to speak—draw inspiration and comfort from his daily faith- 
fulness in the service of his God, his country, and the House. 

I warmly commend this collection of prayers to one and all and express 
the hope that the House of Representatives may be blessed with the services 
of Dr. Latch for many years to come. 


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Prayers 


OFFERED BY THE CHAPLAIN AT THE OPENING OF THE DAILY SESSIONS OF 
THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DURING THE EIGHTY- 
NINTH (SECOND SESSION), THE NINETIETH, AND THE NINETY-FIRST 
CONGRESSES (1966-1971) 


EIGHTY-NINTH CONGRESS 
Second Session 


MONDAY, APRIL 25, 1966 


God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore 
will we not fear—Psalm 46: 1. 


O Gop, our FaTHEr, who art the refuge and strength of Thy people in 
every age and our refuge and our strength in this present hour, we pause 
in Thy presence to offer unto Thee once again the devotion of our hearts. 
Amid all the changes of this life, help us to rest our spirits upon those 
eternal foundations of truth and love which Thou hast laid for us. Save 
us from restlessness, from confusion, and from perpetual movement. Draw 
us unto Thyself that for this moment we may be still and know that Thou 
art God. With the assurance of Thy Spirit may we accept the responsibilities 
of this day and fulfill all our obligations with fidelity and honor. Into 
Thy loving arms we commit ourselves and our Nation—praying that to- 
gether we may be one in Thee: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 1966 


Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, 
and glorify your Father who is in heaven.—Matthew 5: 16. 


O Gop our Fatuer, who art the source of light and life, whose glory 
is in all the world, without whom no one is strong, no one is good—make 


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us one with Thee as we begin this day. May our faith in Thee make us 
strong, hold us steady, and keep us serene as we face the responsibilities and 
the tasks which confront us. May we always know that Thou art with us. 
May we always believe that Thou art leading us. Amid all our differences 
may we be one in spirit, one in purpose, and one in good will as we give 
ourselves in deep devotion to the welfare of our beloved country and for 
the good of all mankind. May the light of Thy spirit shine forever in our 
hearts. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 1966 


In solemn truth I can see that God is no respecter of persons, but that in 
every nation the man who reverences Him and does what is right ts accept- 
able to Him. And Jesus went about doing good.—Acts 10: 34, 38, Phillips 
Translation. 


O Gop, CREATOR OF THE WORLD, SUSTAINER OF LIFE AND THE FATHER 
OF ALL MEN, in quietness and reverence we lift our hearts anew to Thee, 
praying that Thy grace may cleanse us, Thy power may strengthen us, and 
Thy love develop in us greater good will. Forgive our selfishness, our nar- 
rowness, our prejudices, and our pride. Set us free from the bonds which 
separate us and draw us together in Thee as one people in spirit and in truth. 
May we become like Him who went about doing good, always good, nothing 
but good: even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 1966 


The Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: 
no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly—Psalm 
84: 11. 

“Spirit of God descend upon my heart; 
Wean it from earth: through all its pulses move: 
Stoop tomy weakness, mighty as Thou art: 
And make me love Thee as I ought to love.” 


Sprrr or Gop descend upon my heart—this is our morning prayer. Make us 
daily aware of Thy presence and in Thy spirit may we find the attitudes 
we need for this day. Slow us down, Lord, slow us down; we work too hard, 
we eat too fast, we hurry too much. Help us to take time to think clearly, 
time to pray sincerely, and above all time to cultivate the sense of Thy pres- 


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ence in our hearts and in our homes. Then give us the faith and the fortitude 
to walk uprightly in Thy way, for the good of our Nation and for the glory 
of Thy Holy Name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 1966 


Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise: 
be thankful unto Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy 
is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.—Psalm 100: 4, 5. 


Aumicuty Gop, RULER OF THE UNIVERSE, THE SUSTAINER OF LIFE, AND 
tHE FATHER OF ALL MEN, unto Thee do we lift our hearts in prayer and in 
praise. We thank Thee for the gift of life ever fresh from Thy hand, for the 
blessings of home, for work to do and the strength to do it, for friendships 
which warm our hearts, for a nation that is free and for our faith in Thee 
which keeps us strong, holds us steady and carries us through every experi- 
ence with honor. 

May Thy wisdom make us wise, may Thy patience help us to be more 
patient: may Thy love strengthen us to love others and may Thy forgive- 
ness help us to forgive one another. 

Sustained by Thy presence may we walk the paths of truth and love this 
day, harboring no ill will, but filled with good will growing evermore like 
Thee who hast revealed Thyself in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


THURSDAY, MAY 5, 1966 


God who made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord 
of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is 
worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, seeing He 
giveth to all life, and breath, and all things —Acts 17: 24, 25. 


Erernat Gop, from whom cometh all things good and true, in the quiet 
of this moment we open our hearts unto Thee. Thou art everywhere, Thou 
art everywhere present, and now in the silence of this moment we would 
find Thee and would be found by Thee. Breathe on us, breath of God, 
Gill us with life anew, that we may love what Thou dost love, and do what 
Thou wouldst do. 

Strengthen Thou our faith, renew our courage, make us great in good- 
ness and good in greatness that we may triumph over wrong and conquer 
every evil intention. Put beneath us, the leaders of our beloved land, Thy 
strong foundation and send us forth our vision clear, our faith confirmed, 


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and our spirits strengthened to be Thy loyal and loving children. So we 
would open our hearts to Thy transforming presence. 


“O Spirit of the Living God, 
Thou Light and Fire Divine; 
Descend upon our land once more 
And make it truly Thine! 
Fill it with love and joy and power, 
With righteousness and peace, 
Till Christ shall dwell in human hearts, 
And sin and sorrow cease.” 
Amen. 


TUESDAY, MAY 10, 1966 


God is not far from each one of us, for in Him we live and move and have 
our being.—Acts 17: 28. 


O Tou In WHOM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING, WITHOUT 
WHOM NO ONE IS STRONG, NO ONE IS GOOD, we pause in Thy presence once 
again to lift our hearts to Thee in prayer. We need Thee, our Father, we need 
Thee as we confront the problems of this day, as we endeavor to meet the 
challenges of this hour and as we seek to make wise use of the opportunities 
of this moment. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage for the living of these 
days that we fail not man nor Thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 1966 


I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, 
the same bringeth forth much fruit.—John 15: 5. 


We rank THEE, ouR FaTue_r, for Thy spirit which follows us all our days, 
for Thy love which will not let us go, and for the strength of Thy presence 
which never lets us down. Help us to open wide the door of our hearts that 
we may receive Thy spirit, welcome Thy love, claim the strength of Thy 
presence and thus be made ready for the experiences and responsibilities of 
this day. 

By Thy grace may we put goodness before evil, truth before falsehood, high 
principle before low prejudice, the rights of the weak before the wrongs of 
the strong, and may we put Thee above all else, in the name of Jesus Christ 
our Lord we pray. Amen. 


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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 1966 


God is love: and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in 
him.—I John 4: 16. 


O Gop, WHO ART THE FATHER OF ALL, we thank Thee for every expression 
of Thy love to us, and for the experience of love we enjoy in the home, 
in our circle of friends, and here in the Halls of Congress. Strengthen Thou 
the ties that bind us together. Give us courtesy and consideration in our 
attitude toward one another. May we not allow our disagreements to make 
us disagreeable, or our differences to make a difference in our relationships, 
but now and always may the spirit of good will abide in our hearts. Keep 
us ever mindful of Thy presence, eager to do Thy will and loyal to the 
royal within ourselves as did Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 1966 


They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount 
up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not weary; and they shall walk 
and not faint —Isaiah 40: 31. 


UIETLY AND SINCERELY, OUR FaTHER, do we wait upon Thee. Without 
the strength which Thou alone can give we faint and falter and walk 
not in faith and love. With the strength Thou dost cause to arise within 
us we are made ready for every responsibility, equal to any experience 
and adequate for all of life. Make us ready for responsibilities of this 
day, equal to the experiences of this hour and adequate for the actions 
we take this session of Congress. 

Strengthen our President as he leads us; our Speaker as he presides 
over us; and all Members of Congress as they take action on behalf of 
our people. In Thy strength may we be made strong indeed, in Jesus’ name 
we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, MAY 19, 1966 


This is life eternal, to know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, 
whom Thou hast sent—John 8: 


FE, rernat FATHER OF OUR SPIRITS, once more we humbly and reverently 
bow in Thy presence, offering unto Thee the devotion of our hearts. Thou 
art the source of light and life. Thou art the fountain of flowing love. Thou 
art in everything that lifts and liberates the human soul. Lift us, we pray 


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Thee, and liberate our spirits that we may be led from the seen to the unseen, 
from the unreal to the real, from things as they appear to be to the things 
as they truly are. May each one of us draw the things as we see it, for the 
God of things as they are: in the dear Redeemer’s name. Amen. 


TUESDAY, MAY 24, 1966 


I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, 
the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing.— 
John 15: 5. 


O Gop, our FATHER, without whom our world drifts into darkness and 
despair, let the light of Thy spirit shine upon us as we for this moment 
worship Thee in spirit and in truth. Deliver us from unworthy ambitions 
which close our eyes to the rights of others and from a self-centeredness 
which grows into suspicion and ill will. Make us mindful of the needs of 
people in our Nation and around our world. Beneath all differences of race 
or creed help us to see human aspirations coming to fruition and seeking 
to be satisfied. Abiding in Thee, may the fruit of compassion and under- 
standing and love be brought forth anew within us—pray in the name of 
Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. Amen. 


FRIDAY, MAY 27, 1966 


Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith 
the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow 
them.—Revelations 14: 13. 


Aumicury Gop, our Hraventy FaTuer, from whom we come, with 
whom we live, and unto whom our spirits return, grant us Thy blessing as 
we pray and enable us so to put our trust in Thee that we may find comfort 
and courage for the facing of these days. 

We remember before Thee those who have given their lives for our 
country. Comfort the hearts and the homes that walk in sorrow and in 
grief. Even as they journey through the valley of the shadow of death, 
may they feel Thy presence near and in the assurance of Thy love find 
strength sufficient for every need. 

May we and all our people hear the summons to a greater and nobler 
living which comes to us as we remember our loyal and loving dead—a 
summons to give our best that a government of the people, by the people, 
and for the people shall not perish from the earth. 

We pray for one of our number who lost a little one this week. May Thy 
presence make them strong and truly comfort their hearts. In Jesus’ name 
we pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 1966 


Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor 
standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But 
his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day 
and night.—Psalm 1: 1, 2. 


Ware Tuy Law UPON OUR HEARTS, OUR FATHER, and Thy words upon 
our minds, as we lift our souls to Thee. We believe in Thee, O God, and we 
pray that Thy spirit may so dwell in us that Thy peace and Thy power may 
be ours this day. Guide us in the decisions we make, give us support in our 
efforts to be true to Thee, and grant us courage to do what we firmly believe 
to be right. Just as we are now, strong and free, to be the best that we can 
be for truth and righteousness and Thee, Lord of our lives, we come. Amen. 


TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 1966 


Beloved, let us love one another; for love ts of God; and he who loves ts 
born of God, and knows God.—I John 4: 7. 


Aumicury F ATHER, RULER OF THE UNIVERSE AND THE REDEEMER OF MEN, 
we praise Thee for the life Thou hast given us, for the beauty of the world in 
which we live, for the truth by which men live, and for the love which binds 
us together. Open our eyes that we may see the beauty about us, open our 
ears that we may hear the appeal of truth, and open our hearts that we 
may receive the ministry of Thy love. 

Remove from within us all bitterness, all resentment, all ill will and fill us 
anew with the spirit of joy and peace and love. In spite of differences may 
we be of one mind, possessed by one spirit, motivated by one power—to serve 
our country with all our hearts, to keep our faith in Thee, and to work for 
the good of our fellow man: In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 1966 


Create in us clean hearts, O Lord, and renew a right spirit within us.— 
Psalm 51: 10. 


O Lorp, our Gop, before whom all deceit fades, all pretense fails, all ill will 
falls, who are the way, the truth, and the life—bless us this day with Thy 
spirit and help us to walk in Thy way, to believe Thy truth and to live Thy 
life. 


Forgive our foolish ways, the mistakes we make, the sins we commit, the 


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harsh criticism we direct toward those who disagree with us, and our slow- 
ness to see the good in others and the wrong in ourselves. 

Create in us clean hearts, O Lord, and renew a right spirit within us— 
that Thy will may be done in us, in our beloved country, and in all men; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 1966 


In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence 
shall be your strength—Isaiah 30: 15. 


O Gon, our FaTHER, the light of the minds that know Thee, the life of the 
spirits that love Thee and the strength of the souls that live with Thee—in 
quietness and confidence we lift our hearts to Thee in prayer. 

Deliver us from unworthy thoughts, overanxious moods, tense spirits, and 
may we find rest and peace and joy in Thee. 

Forgive our shortcomings, our failure to give Thee right-of-way in our 
lives, our insistence upon our way rather than Thy way. May we never think 
of ourselves as sufficient for our responsibilities but may we find our suffi- 
ciency in Thee. Strengthen Thou our hands and our hearts this day and 
use us for Thy glory and for the good of our land. In Jesus’ name we pray. 
Amen. 


MONDAY, JUNE 13, 1966 


My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest —Exodus 33: 14. 


Our FATHER IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH, who hast given us life and the 
promise of life eternal, on every hand we see evidences of Thy spirit and of 
Thy goodness to us. For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, for 
the love which from our birth over and around us lies, Lord of all to Thee we 
raise this our prayer of grateful praise. 

We thank Thee for Thy presence in our hearts making us strong, giving 
us confidence, and helping us to live in good will with our fellow man. We 
thank Thee for our country—this land of the free and the home of the 
brave. May we now and always play our full part in keeping the flag of 
freedom forever flying over our land and ultimately over the whole world. 

We thank Thee for these men and women in Congress for their devotion 
to our country and their dedication to Thee. May Thy presence go with 
them all the day long. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. 


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TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 1966 


Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be accept- 
able in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.—Psalm 19: 14. 


Ouvr Faruer, who art in heaven, we come to Thee conscious of our short- 
comings and our sins, yet confident that Thou art with us and that with 
Thee sins are forgiven, discouragement gives way to encouragement, fear 
changes to faith, and a new glory enters human life. 

Give us the courage of our convictions—the confidence to say yes to 
what is right, the courage to say no to what is wrong, and the wisdom and 
the insight to know the difference. May this spirit enter the hearts of all 
our people. So shall we be children of Thine serving Thee faithfully all 
our days. Let the words of our mouths, and the meditations of our hearts, 
be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, our strength and our Redeemer. Amen. 


TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 1966 


This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad 
in it.—Psalm 118: 24. 


Our HeaveNnty Faruer, we bow before our altar of prayer with hearts 
overflowing with gratitude because Thou hast been so wonderfully good to 
us. We are what we are, we have what we have, not because we deserve it; 
not because we have earned it, but because Thy goodness has attended us, 
Thy strength has made us strong, Thy love has undergirded us, and Thy 
presence has blessed us all our days. Help us to be worthy of Thy gifts and 
to use each day for Thy glory, for the good of our country and for the 
welfare of our fellow man. Thus, may every day be a glorious adventure in 
great living. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 1966 


Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the 
midst of them.—Matthew 18: 20. 


Ouvr HEAVENLY Fatuer, who has given Thy word that where two or three 
are gathered together in Thy name, there Thou art in the midst of them— 
make us aware of Thy presence this moment as we assemble in Thy name, 
invoking Thy blessing upon us and praying that Thou would make us ade- 
quate for the tasks of this day, give us wisdom for the decisions we have 
to make and courage always to do what is right. 


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Bless, Thou, our President, our Speaker, and all the Members of this 
House. Support us all the day long of this troublous life, until the shadows 
lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hush, and the fever 
of life is over, and our work is done. Then, of Thy great mercy, grant us a 
safe lodging and a holy rest and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ 
our Lord. Amen. 


TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 1966 


Thou art my God, and I will praise Thee: Thou art my God, I will exalt 
Thee.—Psalm 118: 28. 


Ovor Heaventy FATHER, in whom we live and move and have our being, so 
fill us with Thy spirit that we may not yield to temptation but be strengthened 
with inward power for outward tasks. May we meet our obligations with 
honor, our duties with faith, and our responsibilities with a high regard for 
the good of all. 

Stimulate us with those deep and abiding convictions which keep our coun- 
try strong, which makes our churches vital, and fill our homes with love and 
joy and peace. May noble virtues live nobly in us and may we give them 
hands and feet in our day and for this hour in which we live—through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 1966 


The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?—Psalm 27:1. 


Evrernat Gop aNp FATHER OF MEN, facing responsibilities that tower 
above us like threatening waves beyond our power to meet adequately— 
we bow in Thy presence, praying for the strengthening uplift of Thy Holy 
Spirit. In quiet confidence we come with humble and contrite hearts, 
acknowledging with the Psalmist—The Lord ts the strength of my life, my 
light, and my salvation. 

As we face the tasks of this day help us to be conscious of Thy presence, 
and eager to do Thy will and to work for the good of our Nation. 

We pray for those in our Armed Forces, who are fighting for freedom, 
and sacrificing their lives that the spirit of liberty may be kept alive in 
our world. In this time of tumult, through these days of danger, give us a 
steadiness of purpose, a devotion to duty, and a determination to complete 
the work we are called upon to do. We pray in the Master’s name. Amen. 


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MONDAY, JULY 11, 1966 


O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: for His mercy endureth 
forever—Psalm 118: 29. 


O Gop, our FaTuer, who knowest us better than we know ourselves, whose 
mercy never lets us down and whose love never lets us go—by Thy spirit 
help us to take an honest look at ourselves and at our frustrations, our fears 
and the futility that marks our daily lives—so much of which separates us 
from Thee and from one another. Grant unto us the assurance of Thy 
forgiving spirit, the consciousness of Thy redeeming love and the confidence 
of Thy empowering presence that we may begin again this day to walk 
in Thy way, to believe Thy truth and to live Thy life revealed to us in 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


TUESDAY, JULY 12, 1966 


Teach me to do Thy will, for Thou art my God: Thy spirit ts good; lead 
me into the land of uprightness.—Psalm 143: 10. 


Exrernat Gon, our FaTuer, who art ever pouring out Thy spirit upon Thy 
people, we thank Thee for all those in every age who have opened their 
hearts to Thee, for men and women who have dreamed great dreams, seen 
great visions and who possessed courage to stand firm for what is right and 
good for all. For those who trust in truth amid lies; who stand for justice 
amid injustice; who walk in good ways amid evil times; who quietly work 
for brotherhood even when men are unbrotherly; who possess a vision of 
life with Thee at the center even when men deny Thy presence—we thank 
Thee, O God. By Thy spirit help us to be in the number of these great and 
good men: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


THURSDAY, JULY 14, 1966 


If any man walks in the day, he does not stumble because he sees the light 
of this world.—John 11: 9. 


O Gop, our Faruer, whose mercy is from everlasting to everlasting and 
whose truth endureth forever, in all humility and reverence we bow in 
Thy presence offering unto Thee once again the devotion of our hearts. 
Amid all the traffic of our ways, turmoils without, within, make in our hearts 
a quiet place and come and dwell therein. Sure of Thy presence may we face 


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the tasks of this day with a dauntless courage, a quiet faith and with a never 
failing good will. 

In the struggle between light and darkness in our time may we walk in 
the light and live in the light that we and our Nation may continue to be 
the light of the world: in the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, JULY 18, 1966 


He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord 
require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly 
with thy God?—Micah 6: 8. 


O Tuov wuose wILt IT Is THAT WE DO JUSTLy, love mercy, and walk 
humbly with Thee, grant unto us as we wait upon Thee the confidence to 
do what we ought to do, the courage not to do what we ought not to do and 
the wisdom to see our way clearly. Deliver us and our Nation from discord 
and disunity. May we find our concord and our unity in Thee. Give to each 
one of us the consciousness of Thy presence, the continual strength of Thy 
spirit and the constant awareness of our duty to lead our people in the ways 
of freedom and justice and peace. 

Help us to keep our faith in Thee and may this faith keep us walking in 
the way of Thy commandments all the days of our lives: through Jesus 
Christ our Lord. Amen. 


TUESDAY, JULY 19, 1966 


Brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an 
occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another—Galatians 5: 13. 


Aumicuty Gop, FATHER OF ALL MEN, who art ever seeking entrance into 
our lives, forever knocking at the door of our hearts—we open our spirits 
to Thee in prayer this moment. 

We pray humbly and sincerely for our country—this land where we can 
speak our minds without fear, where we can pray as we choose and where 
we can elect those who govern us. May she now and ever be the land of 
the free and the home of the brave. 

We pray also for the captive nations of the world—the oppressed people 
of our planet. Grant that they may keep alive their outreach for liberation 
to those who sit in darkness, and those who walk through the valley of the 
shadow of death—may the consciousness of Thy presence bring courage 
to endure and strength to overcome. 


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During these trying days help us to think clearly, to make decisions wisely 
and to courageously do what is right and good for all. Above all may we put 
our trust in Thee and keep this faith as long as we live. In the Master's 
name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, JULY 21, 1966 


God is able to provide you in abundance for every good work.—I1 Corin- 
thians 9: 8. 


O Gop, our FATHER, whom we seek to serve and to whom we look for 
guidance, we bow before the altar of prayer offering unto Thee the gratitude 
and the loyalty of our hearts. We thank Thee for this new day fresh from 
Thy hand with its possibilities for great and good living. By Thy spirit may 
we always be honest and kind and forgiving: may we be generous in our criti- 
cism of others, patient with those who criticize us and considerate with 
those who differ from us. As we follow Him who went about doing good, 
may we also stop merely going about and begin, like Him, to go about doing 
good to all. 

Through these trying times, bless Thou our President, our beloved 
Speaker, Members of Congress and all who work with them. May the bene- 
diction of Thy presence rest upon us all this day and every day. Together 
lead us in the paths of unity and peace for Thy name’s sake. Amen. 


MONDAY, JULY 25, 1966 


Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.—Psalm 33: 12. 


O Gop, our FaTHER, who are the creator and the sustainer of all mankind, 
without whose blessing all our labor is in vain, we pray that our lives may 
be built not upon the shifting sands of superficial and shallow living but 
upon the rock of eternal truth and enduring love—so we come to offer unto 
Thee once again the devotion of our hearts, the dedication of our minds, and 
the discipline of our lives. May this moment of devotion at the beginning 
of this week be the open door to an increasing fellowship with Thee and 
with one another. 

We are mindful of the experiences and the events which bind us together 
as a nation. By a common devotion to a common cause——the welfare of our 
beloved land—may we close ranks and by understanding and sympathy and 
good will bring together our different classes, heal the rift between races 
and make us a nation united in spirit, eager to do Thy will and to keep Thy 
commandments. 


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We remember with honor and affection those who are giving their lives 
for our country. May their devotion become our devotion, their dedication 
our dedication that in an unselfish spirit we may serve our Nation well this 
day. Amen. 


TUESDAY, JULY 26, 1966 


Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in Thee.— 
Psalm 33: 22. 


Errernan FATHER OF OUR SPIRITS, we pause in Thy presence with heads 
bowed in prayer as we begin the demanding duties of this day. Make Thy 
spirit real to us, for we need Thee, every hour we need Thee. Temptations 
lose their power when Thou art nigh. 

We come disturbed by the spirit of our day, weighed down by worry, 
concerned by our failure to do what really needs to be done, tempted at 
times to give up—yet here we are. Give us the faith we need for this hour, 
the courage to do what is best for our country and the confidence to leave 
the results with Thee. In the dear Redeemer’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 1966 


They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength—Isaiah 40: 31. 


Our Fatuer Gop, who art from everlasting to everlasting, to Thee we 
come and unto Thee do we lift our hearts in prayer. Always art Thou with 
us, always dost Thou seek to arise anew within our minds. Help us to be 
aware of Thy presence and by clear thinking, clean living, and a creative 
faith we may find Thy spirit coming to new life deep within our own being. 

We pray for greater strength—strength to resist evil, strength to over- 
come our temptations, strength to do what we ought to do and to live 
as we ought to live. O God, come into our hearts and help us do for our- 
selves what we cannot do by ourselves—win the battle over our own weak- 
nesses. Thus, may we be given strength to do our full part in making 
the heart of our Nation good and sound and wise. In the name of Christ 
we pray. Amen. 


FRIDAY, JULY 29, 1966 


Now, O God, strengthen Thou my hands.—Nehemiah 6: 9. 


Aumicuty Gop, ouR HEAVENLY Fatuer, the source of all that is beauti- 
ful and good in life, again we come to Thee, restless, seeking rest in Thee; 
weak, seeking strength from Thee; uncertain, seeking certainty in Thy 


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presence. Lesser things have laid their hands upon us, we have majored in 
minors, we have triumphed with trifles—yet Thou art always with us 
endeavoring to lead us along the better way to life and to a greater life 
together. 

Strengthen us with Thy spirit and help us to deal wisely and well with 
the high business before us this day. May we go from this moment of prayer 
to be true children of Thine, serving Thee and our fellow men with all our 
hearts. Because we have lived this hour and thought and prayed, may the 
world become a better place in which men can live together in peace. In 
Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 1966 


God is Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit 
and in truth.—John 4: 24. 


O Gon or TRUTH AND LOVE, without whom our world drifts into the valley 
of darkness and despair, let the light of Thy spirit glow within us as we 
worship Thee this moment. Deliver us from greed and bitterness, from 
misunderstanding and ill will—which are the seeds of contention and con- 
fusion. By the might of Thy presence and by the strength of Thy spirit in 
our hearts make us one in Thee. With this oneness may we launch out into 
an adventurous cooperation among men which shall be a pattern of life for 
our own Nation and for all the nations of the world. 

Underneath all differences of race or color or creed help us to see human 
life struggling to be free and to find satisfaction on higher levels of daily 
life. We believe Thou art showing us the way in Thy word—help us to walk 
in it to the glory of Thy name and for the good of our fellow man, through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 1966 


The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.— 
Hebrews 13: 6. 


Evrernat Gop, our FaTuer, in whom we live and move and have our 
being, we are children of Thine—creatures of Thy hands, sustained by Thy 
spirit, redeemed by Thy love and guided by Thy wisdom. Steady us, we 
pray Thee, and give us strength to do what we ought to do. Save us from 
accepting too easy answers to the problems that confront us. Save us from 
yielding to the temptation to accept the second best when the best can 
be ours. By the power of an inner spiritual triumph may we conquer all 


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pettiness, all narrowness, and all unworthy desires. May we put first that 
which is first, second that which is second, and last that which is last. May 
Thy spirit rule our hearts, and together may we serve our Nation to the 
limit of our faith and our ability, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 1966 


For thus saith the Lord God, in returning and rest shall ye be saved; in 
quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.—Isaiah 30: 15. 


O Gop our FarueEr, eternal source of wisdom, power, and love, whose 
mercy is over all Thy works and whose will is ever directed to Thy chil- 
dren’s good—in quietness and in confidence we lift our hearts unto Thee. 
In the assurance of Thy presence we face the responsibilities of this day. 
May the brightness and the glory of good will dwell in our hearts and may 
all ill will die. Fill us with kindness, compassion, and understanding—with 
all those moral qualities which make our life together a happy and enduring 
experience. May we lead our people away from the treacherous road of 
deceit, hypocricy, and pretense and along the pathway of justice, freedom, 
and peace. Thus, may we follow Thee all the days of our lives. In the 
Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 1966 


You are the light of the world—Matthew 5: 14. 


Evrernat Gop, our FATHER, spirit of light and life, in this day of distress, 
in this world of suffering and sorrow we would purify our own hearts as we 
face the high responsibilities and great demands committed to our care and 
to our attention this day. Let our littleness be swallowed up in Thy greatness, 
our pettiness in Thy pursuing presence, and our trite criticisms in Thy 
triumphant spirit. 

Before the altar of prayer we bow, confessing our faults, asking Thy for- 
giveness, and praying that Thou will give us strength and wisdom that in 
these days we fail not man nor Thee. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 1966 


Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all 
things——I Corinthians 13: 7. 


O Gop, fount of all that is good and true and beautiful, whose love endures 
forever, we thank Thee for the reverence which lifts our hearts to what is 


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real, and for the love of home that reflects Thy gracious spirit. Bless we pray 
Thee, those whom Thou hast joined together. May their consecration be 
beautiful and everlasting. 

We invoke Thy blessing upon our labors this day that we may help to 
build a better world in which men and women can live together in peace 
and good will and in which their children may grow into fuller manhood 
and finer womanhood. Teach us that only through love can we begin to 
perceive the divine mysteries of life and the true glory of man’s relationship 
to man. 

Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in steadfast love; the fellowship of 
kindred minds is like to that above. In the dear Redeemer’s name. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 1966 


The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.— 
Deuteronomy 33: 27. 


O Gop, our HEaveNLy Fatuer, who art the refuge and strength of all 
who put their trust in Thee, grant unto us a real measure of Thy good 
spirit as we lift our hearts unto Thee in prayer. Thou art the Father of all 
men and we are Thy children. Help us to love Thee as children ought to 
love their parents. Help us to love one another as we ought to love one 
another in all sincerity and truth. In this free land may we learn to live 
together in peace and good will. 

Bless our country with Thy continued presence and may our Nation be 
Thy servant for peace and for freedom in this world of human need. 

Lift upon us all the light of Thy countenance and breathe Thou Thy 
peace into our hearts. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 1966 


Thou wilt show me the path of life: in Thy presence ts fullness of joy.— 
Psalm 16:. 11. 


O Gop, our FATHER, RULER OF NATIONS AND THE FATHER OF ALL MAN- 
KIND, Thou has surrounded us with Thy mercies, Thou hast guided us with 
Thy wisdom, Thou hast blest us with Thy love. Continue to breathe upon us, 
breath of God, fill us with life anew, that we may love what Thou dost love 
and do what Thou wouldst do—so may our lives be more worthy in Thy 
sight and our labor be in accordance with Thy holy will. 

Deliver us from pride and prejudice and bless us with the glorious liberty 


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of the open mind and the responsive heart. Clothe us with the spirit that 
never fails to bear the fruit of happiness and integrity and love. 

Bless Thou our Speaker, every Member of Congress and all citizens of 
our beloved country. Together may we keep our Nation free and strong 
and good. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 1966 


The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in 
his way.—Psalm 37: 23. 


Exernat FATHER OF OUR SPIRITS, who has promised unto the upright in 
heart a light that shines in the darkness and a strength that never fails, grant 
unto us such good attitudes and such high purposes that shall lift us above 
the shadow of doubt and fear and help us to realize the power of Thy pres- 
ence. Give to us the wings of faith, the lift of love, and the heart of hope as 
we commit ourselves anew to Thee and to Thy will for our lives. 

May we walk the ever-changing roads of our daily life with confidence 
and courage, knowing that Thou art with us always and all the way. Give to 
us this day a healthy body, an understanding mind, a happy spirit, a loving 
heart and with it all a will ready to do good to others where we can do good 
and to be faithful unto Thee, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 1966 


These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy may remain in you and 
that your joy might be full—John 15: 11. 


O Tuov wuose LIGHT NEVER FADES, WHOSE LOVE NEVER FAILS, AND 
WHOSE LIFE NEVER DIES—as we open the windows of our hearts to Thee 
in prayer may we be filled with the glory of Thy presence, with the greatness 
of Thy spirit, and with the grandeur of Thy grace. 

Grant unto us the royalty of an inward happiness and the serenity of mind 
which comes from living close to Thee. Daily renew in us the sense of joy 
and let Thy eternal spirit dwell in our minds and bodies, filling every corner 
of our hearts with light and grace, so that, bearing about with us the infection 
of a good courage, we may be diffusers of life and may meet all ills and ac- 
cidents with a gallant and highhearted happiness giving Thee thanks always 
for all things: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


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MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 1966 


O satisfy us early with Thy mercy; so that we may rejoice and be glad all 
our days——Psalm 90: 14. 


O Gop anp FATHER OF US ALL, who art a tower of defense to all who put 
their trust in Thee—we come before Thee this moment in gratitude for Thy 
steadfast love and for Thy enduring faithfulness. In The alone is our hope, 
our strength, and our very life. Inspire us, the leaders of our people, with 
a clear vision and a definite mission to meet the needs of our country with 
clean minds, understanding hearts, and loyal spirits. We pray that Thy 
spirit may be so alive with us that we will be men who put truth before 
falsehood, good will above ill will, self-denial in place of self-interest, high 
principles over low prejudices—so shall we be champions of justice and 
peace, so shall we continue to hold a high regard for personality everywhere. 
May Thy will be done in us and in all men. In the Master’s name we pray. 
Amen. 


TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 1966 


The Lord is my shepherd.—Psalm 23: 1. 


O Gop, whose strength sustains us in our work, whose hand supports us 
in our weariness, and whose presence gives us security in the time of trouble, 
grant unto us the renewing power of Thy holy spirit as we wait upon Thee 
in prayer. Lead us into green pastures, beside still waters, and along paths 
of righteousness in which our souls are restored. When we walk through the 
valley of the shadow of death, may we feel Thy presence near and in the 
assurance of Thy love find deliverance in the midst of our distresses. 

Fill our hearts with such a faith in Thee, that by night and by day, at 
all times and in all seasons we may commit ourselves and those near and 
dear to us to Thy never-failing compassion and to Thy never-faltering mercy. 
Thus, may Thy goodness and Thy mercy follow us all the days of our lives, 
and in spirit may we dwell in Thy house forevermore. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 1966 


Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving—Psalm 95: 2. 


Ler Tuy PRESENCE BE REVEALED TO US, OUR FATHER, as in this quiet 
moment of prayer we wait upon Thee. 


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Strengthen us by Thy spirit that no trouble may overcome us, no difficulty 
may overwhelm us, and no duty may overtax us, but may we now and 
always be equal to every experience, ready for every responsibility, and 
adequate for every activity. Help us to be more positive in our thinking, 
to look increasingly on the bright side of life, to be awake to the good 
everywhere present, and to be ever grateful for Thy gifts to us and for 
the love which surrounds us all our lives. 

This day help us to live our faith, to rejoice in Thy presence, to maintain 
an attitude of good will toward all Thy children, to learn to forget ourselves, 
and to serve our Nation and our people faithfully and well. Take Thou Thy 
rightful place in our hearts—for in Thee alone is peace and joy and life. 
Amen. 


THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 1966 


I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God, in Him 
will I trust—Psalm 91: 2. 


Ev rernar Gop, our FaTHER, who art the Creator of the world and the 
everlasting sustainer of our spirits, without whom no one is wise, no one 
is good—we pause in Thy presence to invoke Thy blessing upon us and to 
offer unto Thee the devotion of our hearts. 

Bless us as we meet this day and may we be given wisdom to make sound 
decisions, strength to walk in the way of justice and freedom for all, and 
good will to motivate all we say and do. 

Bless Thou our country and make us now and always a people mindful 
of Thy favor, eager to do Thy will, willing to obey Thy commandments, 
and ready to live in Thy spirit of love. 

Bless our Armed Forces at home and abroad. Strengthen their families 
and all their loved ones—separated from one another as they are; and, as 
some journey through the valley of the shadow of death, let them feel 
Thy strengthening presence and Thy comforting spirit. 

May we as the leaders of this free land match this devotion by a deep 
dedication of our own spirits to the welfare of our beloved country. In the 
Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 1966 


God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble, therefore 
will we not fear.—Psalm 46: 1. 


Evrernar Gop, ouR FaTHER, who art the refuge and strength of Thy people 
in every age and whose creative spirit is ever calling us to new frontiers of 


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thought and action, we pause in Thy presence as we greet the coming of an- 
other day. In Thy strength we would be made strong, with ‘Thy wisdom we 
would be made wise, and by Thy grace we would be made good. 

We are grateful for this day of opportunity and challenge. By a clarity of 
thought, by a sincerity of spirit, by a genuineness of motive, and by a good- 
ness of life may we show ourselves ready for the responsibilities we face this 
hour, 

Kindle in our hearts and in the hearts of all Thy children a real love for 
peace and may the rule of Thy spirit increase in the minds of men until 
justice and good will shall be established upon this planet: in the name of 
Christ we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 1966 


There is one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and 
in all_—Ephesians 4: 6. 


A.micuty Gop, our HEAVENLY FATHER, we pause in the midst of pressing 
duties and commanding needs to open our hearts in prayer unto Thee—who 
art the source of goodness and love and truth—that the light of Thy spirit 
may shine upon our pathway and illumine the way to righteousness, to jus- 
tice, and to peace. 

Keep our hearts clean, our spirits courageous, and our minds clear as we 
face the tasks of this day. Lead us and all men to that realm where good will 
shall reign and truth shall rule and freedom shall regulate the actions of men, 

Before this altar of prayer we dedicate ourselves anew to Thee and we 
pledge our loyalty to our Nation and to the well-being of men everywhere: 
through Christ our Lord. Amen. 


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1966 


Let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is 
born of God, and knoweth God.—I John 4: qT 


O Gop, who hast guided our fathers to build on these shores a nation of 
the people, by the people, and for the people and who didst give them faith 
to believe that they may become one in spirit with liberty and justice for all, 
move Thou within our hearts that we may live according to Thy holy will 
and that we may be open to the leading of Thy gracious spirit. 

Remove from our minds all bitterness and all contempt for one another, 
that departing from all that divides us we may by Thy grace arrive at a new 


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unity of spirit that being one with Thee we may be one with our fellow 
man. 

May our spirit be the spirit of good will, may our security be the security 
of good will, may our strength be the strength of good will where each may 
live for all and all may care for each. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1966 
Trust in the Lord and do good.—Psalm 37: 3. 


O Gop, our FaTHer, eternal source of wisdom, power, and love, who art 
above us and within us, who dost keep the planets in their courses and yet 
art mindful of the faint whispers of our human hearts, before Thee we 
pause in reverence and awe, contemplating the grandeur of Thy being, the 
greatness of Thy power, and the glory of Thy love. 

Keep us restless until we find our rest in Thee, keep us dissatisfied until 
we find our satisfaction in Thee, keep us in weakness until we find our 
strength in Thee. 

Into our lives come appeals for causes, some of which are good and some 
of which are not good. We pray that by Thy spirit we may be led to make 
wise choices that our reactions may be good and for the good of all. Help 
us to keep our minds and hearts responsive to Thee, that Thy grace may find 
an outlet in our lives and that we and our Nation may be channels for Thy 
spirit to establish justice between men, good will within men, and peace in 
our world: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1966 


My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weak- 
ness.—II Corinthians xii: 9. 


Evernan FAatHEr oF our spirits, the light of all that is true, the strength 
of all that is good, and the glory of all that is beautiful, at the beginning of 
another day we would lift our minds and hearts unto Thee in prayer, seeking 
strength and wisdom and love sufficient for our needs. 

Help us to walk in the light, to share our strength, and to build upon love 
that we may be ready for all our responsibilities and equal to every experi- 
ence. May we always think clearly, speak confidently, and act courageously 
and may the world of today bea better world than the world of yesterday 
because of our devotion and our work. 

We pray that Thy spirit may enter the hearts of all our people, that they 


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and we may be delivered from all malice and all hatred, and may be led 
to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with Thee. Upon our major- 
ity leader and upon all who are sick lay Thou Thy hand in healing and 
blessing. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1966 


Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not Thyself from my supplica- 
tion.—Psalm 55: 1. 


O ovr Farurr Gop, whose love is from everlasting to everlasting and whose 
truth endureth forever, we pause in Thy presence with bowed heads, lifting 
our spirits unto Thee—unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, 
and from whom no secrets are hid. Cleanse Thou the thoughts of our hearts 
by the inspiration of Thy holy spirit that we may love Thee more perfectly, 
do Thy will more confidently, and serve Thee and our Nation more faithfully. 

We come disturbed by the troubles of our time, burdened by the weight 
of worry, and distressed by our inability to do what we ought to do. We pray 
for our Nation and for our world and for ourselves that we may increase the 
spirit of good will and thus be a part of the solution and not a part of the 
problem that confronts us. Give us the courage to carry on knowing that in 
Thee we find strength for each task. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1966 


Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid.—lIsaiah 12: 2. 


Aumicuty Gop, FATHER OF ALL MANKIND, whom to know is life eternal, 
whom to love is life glorified and whom to serve is life filled to the full, in 
spirit and in truth we bow before this altar of prayer offering unto Thee 
once again the devotion of our hearts. Some of our number are celebrating 
the coming of another new year—may they and we enter it in the power of 
Thy spirit. We acknowledge that in days past we have done what we ought 
not to have done and we have not done what we ought to have done. We have 
had opportunity to forward Thy spirit of good will among men and we 
have fallen by the way. Forgive us, O God, and renew a right and a good 
spirit within us—that this year may witness a renewed purpose to struggle 
for the right in church and city and country that poverty and violence and 
misunderstanding may disappear, and that justice and peace and under- 
standing may appear in our Nation and in our own hearts. Amen. 


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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1966 
Unto Thee O Lord, do I lift up my soul—Psalm 25: 1. 


O Spirit oF THE Livinc Gop, whose still, small voice still summons us to 
turn aside from the feverish ways of foolish men, drop Thy still dews of quiet- 
ness, till our strivings cease; take from our souls the strain and stress, and let 
our ordered lives confess the beauty of Thy peace. 

In this mood we come this day and bow our hearts at this altar of prayer. 
May we be led into green pastures, beside still waters, and find restoration 
of spirit and a renewal of our faith in Thee. Even though we walk through 
the valley of the shadow of death we will fear no evil for Thou art with us, 
strengthening us and supporting us. 

Bless Thou the Members of this House that they may have wisdom and 
faith and courage for the experiences of this day, and may they never fail 
man nor Thee. So may we and other nations together find the way to peace. 
In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1966 


Great is our Lord and of great power: His understanding is infinite — 
Psalm 147: 5. 


O Gop, our FaTHeEr, who dost reveal Thyself in numberless ways, deepen 
within us this day the sense of Thy presence as we wait upon Thee in 
prayer. Strengthen us by Thy spirit that no danger may overwhelm us, no 
difficulty may overcome us, no distress may overburden us, and no dis- 
couragement may cause us to turn aside from walking with Thee. May 
Thy grace sustain us in our labor, Thy hand uphold us when we fall, Thy 
joy make our hearts glad, and Thy presence give us courage to face the 
experiences of this hour unashamed and unafraid. Help us to grow in 
strength, in understanding, in never-ending good will; and may we ever 
commit our lives to goals great enough for free men. In the Master’s name 
we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1966 


O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth 
forever—Psalm 107: 1. 


Evreranat Gop, our Fatruer, who are the source of wisdom and beauty 
and goodness, whose spirit ever seeks to arise within our hearts and in the 


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hearts of men everywhere—make Thyself known to us as we bow in prayer 
before Thee. We thank Thee that Thou art everywhere—that no condition 
and no distance can ever separate us from Thee and from Thy love. We 
thank Thee that Thy mercies never fail and Thy loving kindness never 
ceases. We are grateful for our lives which are in Thy hands and for Thy 
continuous goodness which blesses us ali our days. Help us to be worthy of 
Thy gifts and to use them for Thy glory and for the welfare of our Nation 
and of our world. Grant that each one of us may do our part to bring about, 
on these shores, an order of society in which there will be no injustice, no 
bitterness of spirit, and one in which each person may come to the fullness 
of life for which he was made, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. 


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1966 


Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy 
law.—Psalm 119: 18. 


Evrernat Gop, our FATHER, who didst lead our fathers through the wilder- 
ness into the promised land, we thank Thee for Thy providential care from 
that day to this. Thou didst guide them with a pillow of cloud by day and 
a pillow of fire by night, and cause them to dwell in the secret place of the 
most high. As Thou didst bestow upon them the blessing of Thy law, as 
Thou didst pour out upon them the gifts of Thy spirit, as Thou didst lead 
them in the way of Thy commandments—-so teach us to follow in their foot- 
steps that we, like them, may seek after truth, strive to deal justly, to love 
mercy and to walk humbly and reverently with Thee. 

Grant, O Lord, that we may love Thy law and live Thy life that the bene- 
diction of Thy peace and the blessing of Thy presence may rest upon us and 
upon our Nation now and always. Amen. 


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1966 


David encouraged himself in the Lord his God—tI Samuel 30: 6. 


Amicuty FATHER, whose spirit is within all Thy creation, whose love 
faileth never, and whose presence is with us all our days, make us more aware 
of Thee, more responsive to Thy call, more obedient to Thy will, and 
more ready to help our fellow man. 

Grant unto us a greater honesty of purpose, a more generous attitude 
toward others, and a most genuine faith in Thee—which will help us live 
unashamed before Thee and those who love us. When we are tempted, give us 
strength to overcome our temptations; when we begin to give way to dis- 


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couragement, help us to find our encouragement in Thee; when we fail and 
would give up, grant us courage to try again. 

May the light of truth illumine our way, may the love of life illumine our 
hearts, and may the life of love illumine our relationships with one another. 


“Spirit of life, in this new dawn 
Give us the faith that follows on, 
Letting Thine all pervading power 
Fulfill the dream of this high hour.” 
Amen. 


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1966 


Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind ts stayed on Thee: 
because he trusteth in Thee.—Isaiah 26: 3. 


O Gop, our Faruer, who art the creator of the world, the sustainer of 
life everywhere, and the companion of our way—touch Thou our lives 
with spirit-hand as we come to Thee in this our morning prayer. Facing 
the tasks of this new day we pray for wisdom to make wise choices, for 
strength to stand firm for what is good and just for all, and for courage to 
walk confidently in the way of Thy commandments. 

We do not pray for release from burdens, but for renewed strength to 
carry them; not for an escape from problems, but for an increased power 
to meet them and to solve them; not for less work, but for greater faith to 
do our work without worry. 

We pray for all who are working in the cause of justice and peace in our 
Nation and in our world. May the peace of Thy presence abide in all our 
hearts. Amen. 


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1966 


Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; 
for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.—Joshua 1: 9. 


O Gop oF ALL GOODNESS AND GRACE, bless us as we lift our spirits unto 
Thee in prayer. Make us increasingly aware of Thy presence as in this 
moment we close our eyes and open our hearts unto Thee. Help us to meet 
our experiences this day with a singing faith, a strong courage, and a stead- 
fast love. 

When disappointments come, when discouragements would shut us in 


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and threaten to shut us out, when the clouds of distress hover over us, give 
us strength to launch out into the duties of each day—not understanding 
all that is happening—but in the midst of it all remaining steady and serene, 
masters of ourselves and servants of Thine. Give us such a confidence in 
Thy sustaining grace that no weakness of our own may cause us to lose 
faith and no shortcoming may make us give way to undue anxiety. In all 
things, by all ways, through all experiences keep us faithful that our con- 
sciences may be clear, our hearts clean, and our spirits confident. In Jesus’ 
name we pray. Amen. 


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1966 
He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love —I John 4: 8. 


Gon oF our FATHERS AND OUR Gop, to Thee do we come in prayer, lifting 
our minds and hearts into Thy holy presence. Assure us that Thou art with 
us and that we have a real place in Thy heart and in Thy endeavors to 
bring righteousness and peace and good will to our world. We know that 
we are all too imperfect and that we have offended Thee time after time— 
yet we believe that Thou art with us, loving us with a love that never lets 
us go and never lets us down. In Thy love we would live, by Thy love we 
would learn, and through Thy love we would find light for our day. 

May we be our loving best as we face the tasks of this day. In the Master’s 
name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1966 


I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.— 
Psalm 121: 1. 


O Gop, THE ETERNAL FATHER OF US ALL, who art ever near and ever 
ready to help those who put their trust in Thee, clear our vision and 
strengthen our hearts as we wait upon Thee. Deliver us from doubt, free us 
from fretfulness, and save us from the spirit that promotes confusion and 
disunity. Help us to turn away from all movements which would stifle the 
liberties of free men and lead us into the fresh air of freedom, justice, and 
good will. By Thy grace may we and our Nation live in this high moral 
climate all our days—so shall we be true children of Thine and so shall 
we serve well the citizens of our beloved land. In the name of Christ we 


pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1966 


My help cometh from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.— 
Psalmel 21:2: 


Aumicuty Gop, who hast given us this good land for our heritage, we 
humbly pray that we may always be a people mindful of Thy favor, eager 
to do Thy will, and glad to be of service to our fellow man. 

Save us from discord and discrimination, from pride and prejudice, from 
vindictiveness and violence, and lead us into the glorious liberty of those 
who put their trust in Thee, and who walk in the way of Thy command- 
ments. 

Give us wisdom to know Thy will, and the strength to do it. Fill us all 
with the love of truth and righteousness and good will, that we may be a 
blessing to our Nation and in turn our Nation be a blessing to our world. 
In the dear Redeemer’s name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1966 


In Him we live and move and have our being.—Acts 17: 28. 


Erernat Fatuer, who art the life of our spirits, the law of our minds, 
and the love in our hearts, with simple trust we draw near to Thee, opening 
our lives to Thy renewing presence. Strengthened with might by Thy spirit 
in the inner man, may we launch out into this new day sustained by an 
unfaltering faith which holds us up and supported by an unfailing fortitude 
which will carry us through with honor to ourselves, to our country, and 
to Thee. 

Into Thy keeping we commit our loved ones, our Armed Forces through- 
out the world—especially in Vietnam—our Nation, and the cause of 
freedom. 

During this time of danger and trouble keep us steady, make us confident, 
and give us the courage to face each day with a firm trust in Thee: through 
Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. 


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1966 


The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear Him, in those that hope in 
His mercy.—Psalm 147: 11. 


Goo or Lire anp Licut, by whose love we have the gift of a new day, 
we thank Thee for this moment of prayer when we may draw nigh unto 
Thee and Jet Thee draw nigh unto us—as we face the demanding duties of 
these hours. 


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From the noise of the outer world we would turn to the quiet of the inner 
world where in quietness and in confidence we may find strength in Thee 
for this day. 

Help us to accept our privileges with thanksgiving, to carry our respon- 
sibilities with honor, to meet our difficulties with courage, and to discharge 
our duties with fidelity. Whatever good we do this day—may we do it with 
cheerfulness and with all sincerity of mind and heart, and to Thee shall be 
the praise world without end. Amen. 


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1966 


God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of 
a sound mind.—II Timothy 1: 7. 


Evernat Gop, our FaTHER, who art the refuge of Thy people in every 
age and our strength in this present hour—make Thyself real to us as we 
bow humbly in Thy presence. Help us to recognize our dependence upon 
Thee, our constant need of Thy strength, Thy guidance, and Thy love. 
Give us to know that Thou art always with us and that with Thee we can 
be made ready for every responsibility and equal to every experience. 

We pray for peace in our world, for good will among our people and 
for a faith in Thee which makes us strong, gives us courage and helps us 
on our upward way. 

May Thy spirit touch each one of us with healing power. Kindle our 
faith, make sensitive our consciences, dedicate our strength, fortify us in our 
difficulties and send us out strong in Thee and in the power of Thy might. 
In the name of Christ we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1966 


Be still and know that God is.—Psalm 46: 10. 


E, rernaz Gop, our FATHER, so high above us that we cannot comprehend 
Thee and yet so deep within us that we cannot escape Thee, make Thyself 
real to us as we pray today. 

Tired are we of our littleness and we pray that Thou wilt lift us into the 
fellowship of great minds. Tired are we of our thoughts of discouragement 
and pray that Thou wilt lift us into the companionship of great hearts— 
that in these relationships our faith may be renewed, our hope strengthened, 
and our courage confirmed. 

Bless these Congressmen as they wait upon Thee. May they be wise with 
Thy wisdom, strong with Thy power, and faithful in Thy faithfulness to 
them. According to our needs, may the riches of Thy grace enter the hearts 
of everyone of us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. 


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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1966 


Why are thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in 
me—hope thou in God.—Psalm 42: 5. 


Evrerna Gop, our Faruer, from whom our spirits come, with whom they 
live and unto whom they return when life on earth is over—in the quiet 
of this moment we humbly lift our hearts unto Thee in prayer. We believe 
in Thee with all our minds—do Thou make Thyself real to us in our hearts. 
Grant unto us a song on our lips in the morning, strength for the day, good 
will for one another, a steadfast loyalty to our country, courage to maintain 
high ideals in our political life, and a faith that gives us confidence and 
helps us to overcome the evil in the world. 

Give to us an inner spirit of hospitality to that which is high in life and 
send us forth masters of ourselves because we are mastered by Thee. By Thy 
spirit of truth alive within us may we be among that company of Thy chil- 
dren who lift the world and do not lean upon it, and who leave it a better 
place in which to live. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1966 


I will extol Thee, my God, O King; and I will bless Thy name for ever 
and ever.—Psalm 145: 1. 


Evrernat Gop, who committest to us the swift and solmen trust of life; since 
we know not what a day may bring forth, but only that the hour for serving 
Thee is always present, may we wake to the instant claims of Thy holy will, 
not waiting for tomorrow, but yielding today. Consecrate with Thy presence 
the way our feet may go that the humblest work may shine and the roughest 
places be made smooth. Lift us above fear and doubt by a simple and stead- 
fast reliance on Thy holy will. 

May the light of faith burn brightly within us, may the life of hope ever 
glow in our hearts, and may the love of truth always lead us in the way of 
Thy peace. In Thy name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1966 


Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you. Let not your heart be 
troubled.—John 14: 27, 


Evrernau Gop, our FaTueEr, from the shifting scenes of our mortal life we 
pause to lift our hearts in prayer unto Thee—who are from everlasting to 
everlasting. 


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From daily duties which consume our strength, from meetings and sched- 
ules which take up so much of our time, we would for this fleeting moment 
put our hands upon the windowsill of heaven and gaze upon Thy face. 

In all our anxious moments grant unto us the assurance that Thou art 
with us; that behind every shadow stands Thy presence; within every situa- 
tion abides Thy spirit and beneath every experience are Thine everlasting 
arms. 

Breathe Thou Thy peace upon us, upon our Nation and upon our world— 
in the spirit of the Prince of Peace we pray. Amen. 


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1966 


Blessed is everyone that feareth the Lord; that walketh in His ways.— 
Psalm 128: 1. 


O Gop, who art the Creator and the Sustainer of all mankind, without 
whose benediction all our labor is in vain and with whose blessing we walk 
the way to life and light—we pause before Thee this moment seeking 
strength and peace and guidance from Thee. 

Strengthen us when we are weak. May the peace of Thy presence still 
the turmoil in our hearts and when we would go astray or stumble on the 
way make straight our paths before us and give us courage to walk with 
Thee. 

For our loved ones, for our Nation and for the whole world of persons 
we pray. Together may we be led from war to peace, from fear to faith, 
from ill will to good will, from the depths of shallow living to the heights 
of a noble and sincere devotion. 

So may a new world be born, even in our day. Amen. 


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1966 


The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His 
people with peace—Psalm 29: 11. 


O uR FaTHER Gop, grant us Thy peace as we begin to tread our homeward 
way—peace in our own hearts, peace in our homes, peace in our Nation and 
sn our world. Bless Thou our President as he visits countries in Asia seeking 
this peace. Grant unto him, and all who meet with him, the sense of Thy 
presence and the power of Thy spirit. Out of these endeavors may there 
come a greater peace to our planet and an increasing desire and determina- 
tion to live together in greater harmony and finer accord. 

May we meet the pressures of this present period with courage and faith 
through the presence of Thy spirit living in our hearts. In the Master’s name 
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NINETIETH CONGRESS 


First Session 
TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 1967 


My presence shall go with Thee.—Exodus 33: 14. 


Aumicuty Gop, our HeavenLy Fatuer, who art from everlasting to ever- 
lasting, whose truth endureth forever and whose love never faileth, we 
pause before Thee this moment as we turn another page in the history of 
our beloved country and in the story of our lives together as the leaders of 
this great Republic. Awaken within us the realization that Thou hast a 
purpose for each one of us, that Thou art not only the sustainer of the 
rolling spheres but also the supporter of our own human spirits. As we 
launch upon the new year, may Thy presence strengthen us, Thy spirit 
guide us and Thy wisdom make us wise. 

Bless our President, our Speaker, and the newly elected Representatives 
of this Congress, together may they strive for peace in our world and for 
the well-being of mankind everywhere. 

Before Thee we remember one who suddenly has left our midst and we 
are sad indeed. May the blessing of Thy comfort rest upon his family. 
Strengthen them with Thy spirit and give them courage and faith for the 
days that lie ahead. 

Hear us as we unite in offering unto Thee the Lord’s Prayer: Our Father 
who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will 
be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And 
forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And 
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the 
kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 1967 


Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, 
and there is no other—Isaiah 45: 22. 


Spmrr or Gop, arise within our hearts and make us ready for the tasks of 
this day. Help us to turn our thoughts unto Thee and to open our hearts 


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to Thy spirit that we may always be honest in our dealings, understanding 
in our endeavors, and loving in our relationships. 

From this moment of prayer may there come a power which will carry us 
through every experience with courage and with faith. 

Bless our people with Thy favor, that being mindful of Thy spirit we 
may live together in peace and good will, and all of us work for the good 
of all. 

May those who walk through the valley of the shadow of death find 
comfort and strength in Thee. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 1967 


Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable 
in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my Redeemer.—Psalm 19: 14. 


Ovr Farrer WHO ART IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH, we pause in Thy pres- 
ence once again to acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and to offer 
unto Thee the devotion of our hearts. Make plain to us what we should 
do this day and give us courage to walk in that way. In all our thinking, in 
all our speaking, in all our doing, may Thy love motivate us. Thy strength 
support us, and Thy spirit guide us for the good of our country and for the 
well-being of all mankind. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 1967 


He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under 
the shadow of the Almighty.—Psalm 91: 1. 


O Gop, who art a tower of strength to all who put their trust in Thee, help 
us to turn from the noise and clamor of the world, and to find peace in the 
assurance of Thy presence. Keep us sensitive to the needs of others, under- 
standing amid our differences, and determined to live in the spirit of good 
will. May we ever be mindful of the fact that we are one family in Thee, 
and in this oneness may we do our work and live our lives. 

Our minds and hearts reach out in prayer for those in the Armed Forces 
of our country. Keep them strong in temptation, resolute in duty, and 
faithful to Thee, who art ever with them and with us. Lord God of Hosts, 
be with us all—lest we forget, lest we forget Thee. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 1967 


Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established — 
Proverbs 16: 3. 


Evernat FATHER OF OUR SPIRITS, as we bow before the altar of prayer, 
grant unto us a realization of Thy presence and the assurance that as we face 
the demanding duties of these days Thou art with us. As we turn to Thee, 
may we find wisdom to make wise decisions, strength to stand for what is 
good for all, and good will to motivate all our endeavors. 

May we think of Thee—not only this moment—but throughout this day, 
and from these moments may there come a confidence and a courage which 
will enable us to lead our Nation to better days, to a greater spirit between 
our people and to a finer relationship between the nations of the world. 

We pause to thank Thee for our companion who has fallen along the way. 
Receive him into Thy everlasting glory and may the comfort of Thy presence 
and the strength of Thy spirit abide in the hearts of his beloved family. In 
the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 1967 


In God we live, and move, and have our being.—Acts 17: 28. 


O Gop, who art the source of light and life, and whose glory is in all the 
world, without whom no one can live—make us one with Thee as we move 
through the experiences of this day. By ourselves we are not adequate for 
our daily tasks, but with Thee we are made ready for every responsibility 
and equal to every experience. This day, help us to think, and to think clearly; 
help us to speak, and to speak wisely; help us to live, and to live faith- 
fully. May we always do our very best and then leave the results with Thee. 
In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 1967 


I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you, for God did 
not give us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound 
mind.—II Timothy 1: 6-7. 


O Gop, our Faruer, beyond whose love and care we cannot drift, in the 
glory of a new day we come lifting our hearts unto Thee, praying that Thy 
spirit may guide us, Thy strength support us, and Thy peace pervade our 
minds and hearts. 


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Within the noise and commotion of this day may we hear Thy still small 
voice and responding find our weakness changed to strength, our fear to 
faith, and our ill will to good will. 

We are disturbed by the dangers in our world, weighed down by many 
burdens, and tempted to be critical if not cynical, because of human error 
and human evil. Give us the spirit to carry on with courage and faith, 
believing that Thou art with us, and believing that together we can do 
what needs to be done. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 1967 


Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; fret not thyself —Psalm 
Sie 


Eirernat Gop, our FATHER, who hast made us for Thyself so that our 
hearts are restless until they find rest in Thee, we pause in silence before 
Thee as we begin the duties of another day. We would quiet our spirits in 
Thy presence and find rest in the support of Thy sustaining strength. 

Forgive our folly and our excuses, our coldness to human suffering, our 
indifference to those treasures of the spirit which are light and life, and our 
neglect of Thy wise and gracious laws. So change our minds and turn our 
thoughts unto Thee that we may walk in the way of Thy commandments 
and with courage serve our Nation, with compassion help our brethren, 
and with confidence keep our lives committed to Thee. 

In the name of Christ we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 1967 


Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, 
give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afratd.— 
John 14: 27. 


E rernar Gop, our FaTuer, our refuge and strength in every generation 
and whose creative spirit does ever call us to new frontiers of thought and 
action, we bow before Thee this moment as we enter another week together. 
With Thy wisdom we would be made wise, by Thy strength we would be 
made strong, inspired by Thy spirit we would be made ready for our 
responsibilities. 

May no danger overwhelm us, no difficulty overcome us, no discourage- 
ment overburden us, no duty overtax us, but may we now and ever keep 
our faith in Thee and in the leading of Thy wise and gracious spirit. 

Bless our Nation and the nations of the world—together may we seek 
peace, patiently pursue it and persevere in our pursuit until peace reigns in 


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the hearts of men and in the heart of our world. In the name of the Prince 
of Peace we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 1967 


Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own 
understanding.—Proverbs 3: 5. 


Dear Lorp AND FATHER OF MANKIND, our spirit’s unseen friend, make Thy 
way known to us as we bow in Thy presence. May this moment of prayer be 
an open door to the reality of Thy spirit and as we look up to Thee may we 
find our strength renewed, our souls restored and be given courage and 
wisdom for the living of these days. 

Endow us with one mind to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly 
with Thee, and in so doing to promote the welfare of all our people. Give 
to us and to all our citizens a love for truth, a passion for doing our duty, 
and a dedication to Thee which will hold us steady amid difficult times. In 
the name of Christ, we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1967 


I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.— 
Psaint. 121: 1. 


Aumicuty Gop, our HeavENLY FATHER, who are ever present in our world 
and with us always all our lives, grant unto us Thy spirit which will enable 
us to live this day with dignity, do our work with patience, and serve our 
country with complete devotion. Lift up before our eyes the standards of 
truth and love. May they lighten our path and may we be given courage 
to walk in that way for the good of our spirits, for the well-being of our 
country, and for the welfare of all mankind. 

We commend to Thy wise and loving care those who walk in sorrow, those 
who have given their lives for our country. May we match their devotion with 
our dedication, their willingness to sacrifice with our readiness to serve our 
great Republic. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1967 


The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh 
Him.—Lamentations 3: 25. 


Axmicuty AND ETERNAL Gop, whose love is eternal and whose patience 
never ends, in all quietness of mind and sincerity of heart we wait upon Thee. 


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Fill us with Thy holy spirit that this day may be a good day and this week a 
great week. Purify our hearts from every vain and sinful thought and prepare 
our spirits to live with Thee and to work for the welfare our beloved Nation. 

Strong in Thee, may we receive power to think good thoughts, strength 
to triumph over temptation, a heart to love our fellow man, and a mind 
to do our duty to ourselves, to others, and to Thee. 

Grant unto us the confidence to say “yes” to what is good; the courage 
to say “no” to what is evil and the insight to know the difference. So may 
Thy will be done in us and in all men—through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1967 


The Lord is just in all His ways, and kind in all His doings —Psalm 145: 17. 


O Gop, ouR FATHER, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known and 
from whom no secrets are hid, cleanse our hearts as we this moment wait 
upon Thee in prayer. And as we prepare ourselves for the period of Lent, 
give us grace to recognize the awakening of Thy spirit within us and to listen 
to all Thou hast to say to us. Let us not yield to the temptations of the world, 
but strong in Thee may we face our experiences with courage and faith. 

In all sincerity do we pray for each other and for all those with whom we 
associate this day. In our minds may we think of our friends with love, our 
enemies with forgiveness, and our fellow man with abounding good will. 
Unto Thee do we commend ourselves and our Nation. Together may we walk 
in the way of Thy commandments, speak Thy word of love, and obey Thy 
will to serve our fellow man, In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1967 


Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.—Psalm 33: 12. 


A umicuty anv ETERNAL Gop, who didst lead our forefathers into this good 
land, and who gave them guidance to produce on these shores a great nation, 
give us grace that we in this day may prove ourselves a people mindful of 
Thy favor, eager to do Thy will, and ready to preserve the democratic spirit 
of our Republic. 

We thank Thee for those who, in times past, have led us in right and good 
paths. Particularly do we thank Thee for Abraham Lincoln—for the spirit 
of his great life, for the example he set before our people, and for his dedica- 
tion to freedom and justice for all. May his spirit be born anew in us. In 
our hearts and in all our endeavors may there live forever his words: 


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“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, 
as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; 
to bind up the Nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the 
battle, and for his widow, and his orphan—to all which may achieve and 
cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1967 


Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs ts the kingdom of heaven.— 
Matthew 5: 3. 


O Gop, the Creator and Sustainer of mankind, the strength of those who 
labor and the supporter of all who put their trust in Thee, in reverence 
we bow before Thee this moment. Thou art ever with us and we pray that 
we may always be aware of Thy presence and keep our lives open to the 
guidance to Thy word. 

By Thy spirit may we become conscious of our own sins and shortcom- 
ings, our own limitations and liabilities. May we not mistake prejudice for 
principle nor conceit for confidence, but in all humility depend upon Thee 
for guidance and grace for daily living. 

Cleanse our hearts of selfishness, pettiness, and narrowness of mind. 
Create in us a new spirit—a new faith in Thee, a new joy in living, a new 
courage for life, and a new enthusiasm for good will among all our people. 

In the dear Redeemer’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1967 


Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.—Matthew 5: 4. 


O Tuov Erernat FATHER OF OUR sPiRITS, who art the light of the minds 
that know Thee, the life of the souls that love Thee, and the strength of 
the hearts that serve Thee, help us so to know Thee that we may come to 
love Thee, so to love Thee that we may be able to serve Thee with all our 
hearts. 

We face tasks that are beyond our power to meet adequately; we have 
responsibilities that are more than we can manage acceptably; we are con- 
fronted by duties that are greater than our ability to master competently— 
so we pray for the sustaining power of Thy presence in our lives. Even in 
distress and sorrow may we feel the comfort of Thy holy spirit. 

Lead, Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom, lead Thou on us—that 
with clean hearts, clear minds, and courageous spirits we may usher in the 


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day when peace shall reign and good will rule the hearts of men. So may 
Thy kingdom come and Thy will be done on earth. In the Master’s name 
we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1967 


Preserve me, O God; for in Thee do I put my trust—Psalm 16: 1. 


Aumicuty Gop, our HEaveNLy FaTuer, on this day—ever to be re- 
membered by our people—we think again of our first President, whose 
name shines as a star in the firmament of our Nation and whose personality 
still towers above us, calling us to new courage in adversity, new loyalty in 
hours of distress, and a new faith in prayer that we may walk humbly 
with Thee. 

As we listen to his immortal words, may the record of his undying 
devotion to our country cross our minds, and may the memory of his great 
life stir our hearts, strengthen our spirits, and send us forth to work more 
faithfully for the good of our Nation and for the benefit of all mankind. 
In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1967 


Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth—Matthew 5: 5. 


O Gop AND FATHER OF US ALL, in these anxious moments and uncertain 
hours, we come to Thee with needs and longings only Thou canst help us 
meet. As we live through these troubled days, grant unto us beliefs big 
enough, hearts honest enough and spirits strong enough to make us more 
than a match for the mood of this modern time. 

By Thy spirit help us to rise above all that is narrow and petty and selfish, 
and with increased devotion may we work together for the well-being 
of our Nation and for the welfare of all mankind. 

To this end guide us in our thinking, direct us in our speaking, and 
govern us in our living, that at the end of the day we may hear Thy voice 
say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” In Jesus’ name we pray. 

Amen, 


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 1967 


Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall 
be filled —Matthew 5: 6. 


Evrernat Gop anp FATHER OF US ALL, amid the maddening maze of daily 
duties and the fever and fret of trying times, we would dwell for a moment 


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in the secret place of the Most High and abide under the shadow of the 
Almighty. 

In this quiet moment of prayer we would make ourselves receptive to 
Thee. Help us to hear Thy voice and to be obedient to the call of Thy spirit. 
May our hunger for truth and our thirst for life find their fulfillment in 
Thy presence. As we live through this day may we keep our hearts open to 
Thee, who art the source of strength for the faithful soul. 

To Thee we bring the Members of this body and for them we pray. Give 
them clarity of insight to see what is right, confidence to do what is right, 
and the courage to keep on the right path now and always. In the Master’s 
name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 1967 


Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.—Matthew 5: 7. 


Aumicxty Gop, HzeaveNLy Faruer, the creator of all things, the sus- 
tajner of all life, and the giver of every good gift—again we bow in Thy 
presence and in spirit kneel before the Throne of Mercy. We acknowledge 
our selfishness, our shortcomings, and our sins. We have done that which 
we ought not to have done, and we have left undone that which we ought to 
have done. We do earnestly repent and are heartily sorry for these our mis- 
doings. Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father, we humbly beseech 
Thee. Forgive us, and receiving Thy forgiveness, may we in turn, forgive 
one another; as we have received mercy may we also be merciful; as love has 
come to us may love also go out from us to others. 

As we bow before Thee in prayer give to us the assurance, that with Thee, 
all good things are possible. So may we do good, speak good, live good, 
because in Thee, we are good. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 1967 
Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God Matthew 5: 8. 


Gop or ouR FATHERS AND OUR FATHER, from the busy traffic of daily living 
we would pause in Thy presence and wait upon Thee seeking strength for 
the day, wisdom to make wise decisions, courage to carry our responsibilities 
with honor, and love to motivate all our endeavors. 

Should we fail in achieving some of our objectives, let not the spirit of 
defeat dampen our devotion to the highest we know; should others criticize, 
let not criticism get us down, but seeing the good in it may we let it lift us 


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up; if others misunderstand, let not bitterness blight our best judgment; and 
if we can win, help us to be humble in victory. 

In this moment of prayer we recharge our lives that we may face this day 
with high principles, real integrity, abounding good will, and with a pure 
heart that sees Thee. In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 1967 


Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.— 
Matthew 5: 9. 


Ovr FATHER, we know that by ourselves we are not adequate for this day, 
nor are we ready for our responsibilities, nor are we equal to our experiences. 
By Thy grace we can become adequate, by Thy spirit we can be made ready, 
and by Thy presence we can be equal to every experience. 

As we wait upon Thee in prayer, reveal Thyself anew to us, and come Thou 
into our hearts. Then with new peace, greater power, and with better per- 
spective may we serve our Nation well this day and all days. Help us, the 
Representatives of our people, to see clearly, to choose wisely, and to act 
courageously, that we may be among the true peacemakers of our time. 
In the name and spirit of the Prince of Peace we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, MARCH 13, 1967 


Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs 
isthe kingdom of heaven—Matthew 5: 10. 


O Gop AND FATHER OF US ALL, who art in heaven and in earth, we 
acknowledge our dependence upon Thee and offer unto Thee the devotion 
of our hearts. We come because we need Thee, every hour we need Thee. 
Temptations lose their power when Thou art near, bitterness fades away in 
Thy presence, resentments lose their weight, and we are given courage 
to stand for what we believe to be right. 

Grant unto us Thy spirit as we in quietness lift our hearts in prayer 
unto Thee. If we are criticized because of the stand we take, if we are 
misunderstood in our decisions, may we not let the disagreements of others 
make us disagreeable, nor may we allow a difference of opinion to make 
a difference in relationships, but through it all help us to keep our faith 
in Thee and in righteousness, justice, and good will. Thus may Thy kingdom 


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come in us and through us begin to come in all men. Through Jesus Christ 
our Lord. Amen. 


TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 1967 


Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for you are the salt of the earth— 
Matthew 5: 12, 13. 


O Gop AND FATHER OF MANKIND, who art above us yet within us, far 
off yet very near—nearer than breathing and closer than hands and feet— 
we bow in Thy presence with hearts filled with gratitude because Thou 
hast been so wonderfully good to us. 

We are what we are and we have what we have not because we deserve 
them, but because Thy goodness hast blessed our days, and Thy spirit hast 
led us along the way. 

We thank Thee for these men and women who are giving themselves 
in real and deep devotion to our country, who are seeking to put justice 
above injustice, good will above ill will, principle above prejudice and 
liberty above license. May they continue to have the courage of their con- 
victions and in these crucial days fail not man nor Thee. 

Bless our Nation with Thy favor and these leaders with Thy spirit. 
Together may we be channels for peace and for prosperity in our world. 
In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, MARCH 20, 1967 
You are the light of the world—Matthew 5: 14. 


Evrerna Gop, our FaTuer, whose truth endureth forever, whose love 
never faileth, and whose mercy is from everlasting to everlasting, we come 
to Thee with minds aglow with Thy presence and with hearts aflame with 
the desire to serve Thee, our country, and our fellow man. 


“Lord of all we ask Thine aid, keep us ever unafraid; 
Hold us loyal, keep us true to the task we have to do; 
Lead us on to victory, we shall triumph praising Thee.” 


In the quiet of this moment, help us to hear Thy still small voice, which 
alone can change our attitude from fear to faith, from caution to courage 
and from darkness to light. Together may we abide in the confidence of 
Thy sustaining strength and in the peace of Thy supporting presence. In 
the name of Christ we pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 1967 


Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, 
and glorify your Father who is in heaven.—Matthew 5: 16. 


F.rerna FATHER OF OUR sPiRiTs, in this sacred moment of quiet prayer, 
we turn our thoughts to Thee and open our hearts to Thy spirit that we 
may be wise in our decisions, understanding in our relationships, and 
faithful in our devotion to Thee and to our country. 

Let not this period of prayer be the only time we think of Thee this day, 
but as the hours pass may we continue to be mindful of Thy presence and 
ready to do Thy will. 

Bless the people of our Nation with Thy continued favor. May we be 
great enough in spirit and good enough in heart to be the channel for peace 
and justice in our world and among men everywhere. To this end, help 
us this day, and lead us in Thy way—through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 1967 


This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved 
you.—John 15: 12. 


O Tuou, who art the source of every noble impulse and the goal of every 
worthy aspiration, we bow in Thy presence this holy day of sacred mean- 
ing, praying that humbly and sincerely we may receive Thy spirit anew into 
our all-too-human hearts. Grant that in the midst of troubled times and de- 
manding duties we may be sustained by Thy presence, supported by Thy 
grace, and strengthened by Thy spirit. 

Lead us into the fellowship of those, who in an upper room, heard Thy 
voice speaking to them and responding found in Thee new life, new light, 
and new love. 

Inspire us with the assurance that Thou art with us, and may our faith in 
Thee give us confidence to face this day with courage and to live through 
these holy days with good will. May we be forgiven as we forgive and may we 
love as we ought to love. In us and in all men may Thy name be glorified. 

Amen. 


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MONDAY, APRIL 3, 1967 


I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in Me, and I in Him, 
the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without Me ye can do nothing.— 


John 15: 5. 


O Lorp, who art the source of light and life, and the fountain of peace and 
power, let Thy spirit arise within us as we worship Thee this moment. Open 
our hearts that we may receive the good seeds of Thy Word and let Thy spirit 
ripen them into the fruits of righteousness and love. 

Prosper our Nation in all its life and work that there may be no want any- 
where and favor us with Thy presence that good will may reign in the hearts 
of all our people. 

Bless our President, our Speaker, and all these Representatives of our Na- 
tion—may they be filled with Thy spirit, the spirit of wisdom and understand- 
ing, of faith, and of love. Undergird us in our freedom that we may be for- 
ever the land of the free and the home of the brave. 

Be Thou with us and may we be with Thee. In the name of Christ we 
pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 1967 


We know that in everything God works for good with those who love 
Him.—Romans 8: 28. 


A.umicuty Gop, our HeaveNLy FaTuer, from whom we come, with 
whom we live, and unto whom our spirits return, may we feel the tap 
of Thy finger upon our shoulders and the touch of Thy spirit upon our 
hearts as we this moment lift ourselves unto Thee in prayer. 

Always are Thou with us—always. Help us to become more aware of 
Thy presence renewing our faith in the goodness of life, restoring our spirits 
to the comfort of Thy love, and reinvigorating our minds with fresh and 
positive thoughts. 

We do not pray for relief from heavy responsibilities but for a release 
of Thy power which will help us to meet them with honor; not for fewer 
burdens but for greater strength to manage them with patience; not for 
less trouble but for more trust in Thee which will help us to master trouble 
with confidence. In all of life may we be more than conquerors through 
Him who loves us. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


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THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 1967 
“Fear not,” saith the Lord, “for I am with you.” —Isaiah 43: 5. 


Orr F ATHER, we give Thee thanks for the rest of the night and for the 
gift of a new day with its opportunities of serving Thee and our fellow man, 
and leading our Nation into right and good paths. 

By the might of Thy presence in our hearts help us to master the spirit of 
pride and prejudice which separates men and causes them to strive against 
each other. Lead us and our people into the paths of mutual helpfulness 
and mutual concern, that in all good will and as free men we may live 
together in peace. 

Guide the nations of the world into the ways of justice and truth and 
establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


MONDAY, APRIL 10, 1967 


The Lord is my shepherd.—Psalm 23: 1. 


O Tuov Srexinc SHEPHERD of our seething spirits, in days of doubt and 
in times of trouble, we realize anew our need of Thee. We need Thy grace 
to cleanse us, Thy love to strengthen us, Thy power to heal us, and Thy 
spirit to keep us free. Truly Thou art our shepherd, Thy rod and Thy staff 
are our sure support. Strengthen Thou our assurance that Thy hand is upon 
us leading us in Thy way and giving us the courage to walk in that way with 
‘Pies: 

Guide our President as he journeys to South America. Out of this Confer- 
ence may there come good news for all the countries of our hemisphere. 

Bless Thou our men and women in the Armed Forces of our country facing 
constant danger and death. Comfort the bereaved, sustain those who are 
wounded, strengthen those who face the ordeal of battle, and by Thy spirit 
make us worthy of victory and ready to seek an enduring peace. In the name 
of the Prince of Peace we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 1967 
My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest —Exodus 33: 14. 


O Gop anp FATHER oF US ALL, beyond whose enduring love we cannot 
drift, in the glory of a new day we lift our hearts unto Thee ere we devote 


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ourselves to the duties that demand our attention. We would be still in Thy 
presence and rest in the assurance of Thy sustaining strength. 

Bless Thou these Representatives of our people as they think together, 
plan together, and work together for the good of our country. Help them 
to take the tensions and the trials of their tasks, the stress and strain of 
modern life in their stride, and to overcome them by learning to relax both 
body and mind; by continuing to think wise and wholesome thoughts and 
by taking time to keep Thy spirit real in their hearts. 

Thus may they and we discover the secret of power; thus may we be led 
in right paths and thus may our days be filled with faith and hope and love. 
In Thy name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, APRIL 17, 1967 


He that doeth the will of God abideth forever—John 2: 17. 


G op or GRACE AND Gop oF GLORY, pour Thy power upon us as we wait upon 
Thee in prayer. In days of darkness we have no light but Thine, in times 
of trouble no refuge but in Thee, in periods of perplexity no strength but the 
strength Thou dost bestow upon the believing heart. To Thee do we commit 
ourselves and our Nation praying that in weakness we may be made strong; 
restless may we find rest in Thee, and when confused may we be aware of 
Thy presence. 

Grant unto us the courage to walk in the way of Thy commandments, the 
confidence to do Thy will and the consciousness that Thou art with us every 
moment of every day. So may we live as we pray and as we pray so may we 
live. In the Masters name we offer this our morning prayer. Amen. 


THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 1967 


Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in Thy holy 
hill? He that walketh uprightly and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the 
truth in his heart.—Psalm 15: 1-2. 


O Gop, our FaTHER, who art never far from any one of us, for in Thee we 
live and move and have our being, help us to be aware of Thy presence, 
to walk in the way of our faith and to receive Thy love which daily is offered 
to us. Give to us such a regard for truth, such a desire for guidance, and 
such a readiness to love that we may go beyond all doubt and discouragement 
and center our minds on Thee for Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose 
mind is stayed on Thee. 


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There are times when we do not know what to do, yet something must 
be done. Help us to pray—not will it help me only but will it be a benefit 
to others and to our country; not is it for my good but is it for the good of 
everyone; not is it expedient but is it right. O God, help us to do what is 
right. Amen. 


MONDAY, APRIL 24, 1967 


He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake-—Psalm 


Devers}. 


Evernat Gop, our FATHER, whose love never lets us go, whose patience 
never lets us down, and whose justice never lets us off, hear us again as we 
offer unto Thee our morning prayer. We come out of a sense of need, out 
of a conviction that Thou art with us, and we would find our confidence and 
our courage in the support of Thy sustaining strength. 

We pray for light upon our way, love along our path, and life amid the 
daily duties of our demanding day. Center our lives and the lives of our peo- 
ple around faith rather than fear, around justice rather than injustice, and 
around high principles rather than low prejudices. Strengthen us where 
we are weak, hold us firm when we would fall, steady us when we start to 
slip, and lift us up when down we go. 

Remind us of the integrity which has undergirded our Nation, the free- 
dom which is our rich heritage, and of our faith in Thee which has made 
and still makes our Nation great and strong. Lead us in the paths of righteous- 
ness for Thy name’s sake. Amen. 


THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 1967 


It ts more blessed to give than to receive—Acts 20: 35. 


O Gop anp FATHER oF US ALL, who hast created man in Thine own image 
and made him a living soul that he might live in fellowship with Thee, grant 
unto us Thy blessing as we wait upon Thee in prayer. Make us good in 
thought, gentle in word, and generous in deed. 
Call to our minds again that it is better to give than to receive, better to 
minister unto others than to be ministered unto ourselves, better to be gov- 
‘erned by Thy spirit than to be goaded by our own selfish desires. 
Bless our President, our Speaker, and these Representatives of our people. 
May the benediction of Thy spirit abide in their hearts and lead them in 
the paths of righteousness, truth, and good will that the lamp of freedom may 


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burn more brightly in our day and the banner of a just good will may fly for- 
ever at the masthead of our Nation. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen. 


FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 1967 


For the kingdom is the Lord’s: and He is the governor among the na- 
tions.—Psalm 22: 28. 


E,rernat FATHER OF OUR SPIRITS, we pause in Thy presence once again 
to listen to Thy voice and to receive the ministry of Thy grace. Thou art 
ever calling us to work with Thee to keep justice and freedom and good 
will alive in our world. May Thy spirit be so real to us that we shall con- 
tinue to erect in this land a temple of understanding and love to which all 
nations may turn for healing and for a helping hand. 

We pray that all the peoples of this planet may be open to the leadership 
of Thy spirit. We pray for the President of our United States, for our 
Speaker, and for these Members of Congress who represent our people on 
Capitol Hill. Guide them, sustain them and bless them with courage and 
faith. 

We pray for our men and women in Vietnam. For their loyalty to duty, 
for their response to the call of our country, for their courage in the midst 
of danger and for their willingness to give themselves we thank Thee. We 
pray that the offering of their lives may not be in vain. Out of their suf- 
fering and sacrifice may there come a better nation and a better world for 
all mankind. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


TUESDAY, MAY 2, 1967 


The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding 
have all they that do His commandments.—Psalm 111: 10. 


O Gop our Fatuer, the Creator and Sustainer of all mankind, without 
whose benediction all our labor is in vain, we pray that we may build 
our lives not upon the shifting sands of a sacrilegious spirit but upon the 
eternal rock of truth and love—so we would dedicate ourselves anew to 
Thee. Keep us restless until we find our rest in Thee; keep us dissatisfied 
until we find our satisfaction in the doing of Thy will; keep us ever 
searching until we find the end of our seeking in our devotion to Thee 
and to the coming of Thy kingdom on earth. 

Throughout the deliberations of this day may we be mindful of the altar 
within our hearts where a constant reminder of Thy presence may save us 
from cynicism and may lead us to a more creative life in Thee. In the 
Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


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THURSDAY, MAY 4, 1967 
Cleanse Thou me from secret faults—Psalm 19: 12. 


O Gop, our Fatuer, facing the demanding duties of this day and con- 
scious of our pressing problems we feel our need of Thee—so we come lift- 
ing our hearts unto Thee in prayer. Make us ready for every responsibility, 
equal to every experience and adequate for every activity. May we be more 
than a match for the mood of this moving moment. 

Remove from us any resentment which may be ruining our disposition, 
any bitterness that may be blighting our lives, and any animosity which may 
activate ill will in us. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration 
of Thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love Thee, worthily magnify 
Thy holy name, and truly serve our Nation well this day, through Jesus 
Christ our Lord. Amen. 


MONDAY, MAY 8, 1967 


A faithful man shall abound with blessings ——Proverbs 28: 20. 


EF. rernat FATHER oF OUR SPIRITS, we rejoice in the glory of a new day and 
in the beginning of another week. During this time when the foundations 
of the world seem to be shaken and the bite of bitterness would blight the 
best of men, we would use this hallowed moment of prayer to be assured 
of Thy presence and to tap the spiritual resources we need as we face the 
pressing duties of these hours. 

May we feel Thy spirit leading us as we make our decisions, may we 
possess Thy power which holds us steady amid the constant pressures of 
daily life, and may our trust in Thee deliver us from those tensions which 
would tear us to pieces, and from those worries which would wear us out. 
All through this day may we think our best, do our best, and be our best, 
and thus be worthy of our calling to this high office. 

Hasten the day when justice and love shall rule the hearts of men and 
reign in the lives of all people. In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, MAY 9, 1967 
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? Hope thou in God.—Psalm 42: 5. 


Our FATHER IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH, who dost love all the children 
of men, teach us to trust Thee and to live in good will with all our people. 


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Forgive those moments when we find it difficult to believe in Thee, dis- 
couraging to trust one another, and disheartening to have faith in our- 
selves. We are weighed down by the problems we face as a nation and by 
the burdens we carry day by day. So often we want to change conditions 
and circumstances without any thought of changing ourselves or of letting 
Thy spirit change us. 

So we pause in Thy presence, praying that Thou wilt change us, restoring 
our faith in Thee, retrieving our belief in one another, and renewing our 
respect for ourselves. 

Thus, may we live this day keeping our lives and the life of our Nation 
in Thy strong hands. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 1967 


O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: for His mercy endureth 
forever.—Psalm 106: 1. 


O Gop or TRUTH AND LOVE, who art worthy of a nobler praise than our 
lips can utter, and worthy of a greater love than our hearts can offer, in 
Thy presence we bow this moment as into Thy hands we commit our lives. 

May the thoughts in our minds become channels for Thy goodness, may 
the noble dreams in our hearts find their fulfillment in Thee and may the 
work of our hands be honest and true. Together may we build a greater 
Nation and a better world upon the foundations of the faith of our fathers 
and our faith in the possibility of a new day. 

Open our eyes to the manifestations of Thy spirit in our world. Give us 
courage in weakness, steady us when we would fall, enlarge our sympathies 
that we may become brothers to all the sons of men. Make us a people 
grateful for our privileges, faithful in our stewardship, and sensitive to 
the need of our countrymen. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, MAY 15, 1967 


The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding 
have all they that do His commandments: His praise endureth forever.— 
Psalm 111: 10. 


Gon or Giory AND Lorp or Lirs, in these days throbbing with the beauty 
of spring, we bow in Thy presence grateful to be alive in a day like this. 
Before this altar of our daily devotions we open our hearts unto Thee and 
endeavor to make them channels for Thy power in our Nation and in our 
world. Keep our thinking clear and clean, our emotions in complete control, 


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and give us the mind to keep our bodies healthy and fit for finer service to 
Thee and for greater service to our country. 

Give to these Members of Congress faith, hope and love that they may lead 
our people into the right paths of enduring peace and abounding goodwill. 


In the name of Him who summons us to higher fields of endeavor—we pray. 
Amen. 


TUESDAY, MAY 16, 1967 


Have no anxiety about anything; but in everything by prayer and sup pli- 
cation with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.— 
Philippians 4: 6. 


Evrernat FATHER oF our SPIRITS, whose mercy is from everlasting to ever- 
lasting and whose truth endureth forever—in this moment of prayer may 
we hear Thy voice speaking to us and with receptive minds may we respond. 
Always and in all ways Thou art very, very near. Help us to be aware of 
Thy presence and to keep ourselves open to the leading of Thy spirit. 
Strengthen us when we fail; support us when we fall and sustain us when 
we falter. 

Open our eyes that we may see the higher virtues, open our ears that we 
may hear the greater voices as they speak to us, open our hands that we may 
deal wisely and justly the cards that life hands to us—not that we may 
always win but that we may play the game fairly and honorably. 

By Thy spirit help us to live together in this dear land of our birth and 
preserve us, O God, for in Thee do we put our trust. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 1967 
The Lord is the strength of my life—Psalm 27: 1. 


O Gop, our FATHER, whose still small voice calls us to turn aside for a 
moment from the weary ways of a worried world to wait upon Thee and 
to find our strength in Thee—make us aware of Thy Spirit, as we bow before 
the altar of Thy presence. Amid the haste of daily duties and the pressure of 
persistent problems may we find in Thee strength for the day, wisdom to 
make sound decisions, and the spirit of good will to motivate all our endeavors 
on behalf of our beloved country. 

With a consciousness of Thy presence alive within us and tapping the 
unfailing resources of our faith may our souls be restored, our minds 


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refreshed, our bodies renewed and together may we be made ready for the 
tasks and the responsibilities we face these hours. 


“Lead us, O Father, in the paths of right: 
Blindly we stumble when we walk alone, 
Involved in shadows of a darksome night; 
Only with Thee we journey safely on.” 
Amen. 


MONDAY, MAY 22, 1967 


Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own under- 
standing. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.— 
Proverbs 3: 5, 6. 


Oor FaTHER Gop, Thou hast given us the morning light, give us also the 
morning blessing as we lift our hearts unto Thee in prayer. 

Grant unto us the blessing of wisdom—not only to make wise choices, but 
also to find the right paths we ought to take. Lift high our vision that we may 
see clearly and be given courage to walk in Thy way. 

Grant unto us the blessing of love. Deepen our understanding, expand our 
sympathy, enlarge our capacity for good will. Give us grace to rise above the 
low prejudices that separate man from man and help us to enter the realm 
of high principles where men are brought together in spirit and in love. 

Grant unto us the blessing of faith—in these difficult and trying times may 
we keep our faith with Thee and in Thee, and may this faith keep us strong 
and pure and good. 

As statesmen grant us wisdom, grant us love, grant us faith that in these 
days we fail not man nor Thee, through Christ, our Lord. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 1967 


The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His 
people with peace.—Psalm 29: 11. 


O mercirut Gop, from whom no secrets are hid, help us in this opening 
moment of prayer to draw near unto Thee with sincere and humble 
hearts. With Thy presence alive within us may we face the tasks of this 
day with courage and faith and in all honesty of mind and heart. May no 
deceit dim our vision, no hatred mar our relationship with others, and no 
pretense affect our attitude toward ourselves. 

Into this land which we love with all our hearts may there come a new 
and greater unity of spirit as sinister powers without conscience and without 


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morals seek to destroy our freedom and to belittle our reverence for per- 
sonality. As we live through these days of destiny which call aloud for 
wisdom and good will, make us worthy of our positions and give us courage 
and strength to preserve liberty, to defeat tyranny, and to establish a just 
and enduring peace in our world. Not easy, O Lord, not easy, but with 
Thee we can do it and by Thy grace we will. In the Master’s name we 
pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 1967 


For their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in 


truth.—John 17: 19. . 


Erernau Gop, our Faruer, who hast guided us in ages past and who art 
our hope for years to come, in Thee do we put our trust for today. We 
recall once again our Nation’s day of remembrance when we call to mind 
those who have given their lives for our country. For the ministry of memory, 
for the heritage of sacrificial deeds and for the hallowed thoughts which 
go through our minds as we think of those who gave themselves for free- 
dom—we pause in gratitude before Thee. 

Inspired by their devotion and challenged by their dedication may we 
now give ourselves afresh to the cause for which they gave the last full 
measure of devotion that a government of the people, by the people, and 
for the people may not perish from the earth. In the name of Him who 
died that men might live, we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, JUNE 5, 1967 


Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope 
in the Lord—Psalm 31: 24. 


O Gop, our FaTHER, whose law is truth and whose life is love, as we enter 
the gates of a new week we would pause in reverence before Thee to 
acknowledge our dependence upon Thee and to pray for strength as we face 
the demanding responsibilities of this day. 

Give us courage and faith for the tasks before us. May we now and al- 
ways do our best to preserve liberty, to prevent tyranny from spreading, to 
promote peace in our world, and to proclaim the good news of freedom 
to all mankind. 

May we live worthily as Thy children and be faithful and true in every 
experience. Help us to rise above fear and hatred and to maintain our 
integrity in this free land of our birth. We do not pray for easy tasks but 
for power to meet them; not for easy burdens but for strength to carry them; 


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not for less dangerous times in which to live but to keep loyal to our ideals 
in an all too unideal world. 

So may we go forward conscious of Thy presence, eager to do Thy will 
and to live in good will with all Thy children. In the Master’s name we 
pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 1967 


That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be 
strengthened with might by His spirit in the inner man.—Ephesians 3: 16. 


Oor Fatuer Gop, who art the light of life and the glory of every noble 
endeavor, we thank Thee for this quiet moment when facing important 
issues and carrying heavy responsibilities we can turn our hearts to Thee 
who alone can renew our strength and hold us steady amid the troubles 
of this time. In the secret place of the Most High may we find the resources 
we need for this high hour. 

In all the perplexities of this period may we not lose our perspective 
and certainly not our poise. May the principles of freedom and justice upon 
which this Nation was founded still be our support as we face the challenge 
of this day. Grant that our faith may be triumphant over our fears, our 
courage surmount every discouragement and our loyalty to truth and good 
will be the solid ground upon which we walk together. 

Strengthened by Thy spirit may we think clearly, plan creatively and 
act courageously. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, JUNE 12, 1967 


They looked unto Him, and were lightened; and their faces were not 
ashamed.—Psalm 34: 5. 


O Gop, our FATHER, source of all life and the ever-flowing fountain of 
love, we open the gates of a new week with prayer and bow before Thee 
reverently and in all humility of mind and heart. In this time of trouble we 
need to renew our strength, to restore our courage, and to receive Thy spirit 
which makes us equal to every emergency. So we pray that now and all 
through these days Thou wilt help us to be conscious of Thy presence and 
by Thy grace may we do Thy will. 

Save us from recounting our resentments, from harboring any hatred, and 
from remembering the slights that dim the lights of our day. May we accept 
the duties of this week with confidence, carry our responsibilities with faith, 
and enjoy the work we are doing building a better and a stronger nation. 
Always and in all ways may we follow the way that leads beyond the dark 


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to the dawn and Thee. In the name of Him who is the Light of the World 
we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 1967 


Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed 
because of the truth._—Psalm 60: 4. 


Gon or our FATHERS, whose almighty hand hast made us a nation and 
preserved us as a people, we thank Thee for days like these when we lift up 
before our eyes the flag of our beloved country. Grant, O Lord, that this 
day may kindle in our minds a greater love for our United States and a 
deeper loyalty to the princely principles which are the foundation stones of 
our American way of life. Make us aware of our duties as citizens of this 
free land and help us to accept our responsibilities to keep this land strong 
and good. 

Together may we endeavor to strengthen the moral and spiritual life 
of our people and do all we can to protect our free institutions, to preserve 
our liberty and to proclaim freedom to all the world. 

Bless Thou this flag of our national life. May it now and always be the 
symbol of hope to the world and may it wave in glory and majesty over free 
people for all times. 

So we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and 
to the Republic for which it stands one nation, under God, indivisible, with 
liberty and justice for all. Amen. 


MONDAY, JUNE 19, 1967 


Bear ye one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ —Galatians 
6: 2. 


Evrernat Gop, our Fatuer, before the work of a new day begins we would 
be still in Thy presence and receive the benediction of Thy spirit. May the 
words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Thy 
sight O Lord—our strength and our Redeemer. Cleansed by Thy forgiving 
love, made stronger by Thy spirit, and becoming wise with Thy wisdom we 
would face the unfinished tasks committed to our care this day. 

These are times which call for greater courage, higher wisdom, broader 
sympathy, and deeper faith. May they increasingly become ours as we wait 
upon Thee. In all our decisions and in all our doing may we keep our hearts 
confident, our spirits courageous, our minds clear, and our hands clean. 

Together may we move forward to a greater day when men shall live to- 
gether in good will and each one be ready to bear another’s burden. Amen. 


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TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 1967 


And they that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee: for Thou, 
Lord, has not forsaken them that seek Thee.—Psalm 9: 10. 


O Tou In WHOSE PRESENCE OUR SPIRITS FIND STRENGTH, our minds are 
given fresh insights and our hearts feel the warmth of Thy love—at the gate- 
way of another day we pause in silence before Thee. Incline our souls to seek 
wisdom and truth and mercy at Thy hands. Reveal to us the way we should 
go, the decisions we should make, the plans we should follow and may all 
our work be based upon intelligent conviction and dynamic faith. 

Hear us as we pray for those who bear the burden of war and are ready 
to give their lives that we may continue to live as free men. May we not be 
heedless of their courage but be ready to bear with them and to support them 
that out of this turmoil there may come an enduring peace. 

Cleanse our national life from discord and violence and suspicion. Keep us 
from hating one another lest in our ill will we destroy ourselves. Lead us, O 
Lord, in the ways of unity and peace and good will for Thy name’s sake. 

Amen. 


TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 1967 


Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free 
spirit—Psalm 51: 12. 


Evernat Gop, our FaTHeER, our refuge and strength in every hour of need, 
we come to Thee in this moment of prayer opening our hearts to Thy love, 
our minds to Thy truth, and our spirits to Thy redeeming grace. Help us to 
accept our privileges with gratitude, to face our difficulties with courage, 
and to carry our responsibilities with fidelity. 

Deliver us from petty annoyances and pernicious antagonism which 
corrode the souls of men and pull us down. Help us so to live with the lift 
of good will in our hearts that life may be better and brighter for us and 
for all men. Bind us together in one great effort to keep democracy and 
freedom and faith alive and growing in our day. — 

God bless America and these leaders of a free people. Give wisdom to 
these in authority that they may use their power for the welfare of our 
people and for the well-being of all mankind. 

Having done our work faithfully and sincerely may we come to the end 
of the day unashamed and unafraid and with the peace of a quiet heart. 
In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


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THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 1967 


Let not mercy and truth forsake Thee; bind them about Thy neck; write 
them upon the table of Thine heart—Proverbs 3: 3. 


O Gop, our FaTHER, the source of all that is good in life, once again we 
come to Thee: weak—seeking greater strength; tired—needing more rest; 
worried—desiring a deeper peace. We have sought satisfaction in the 
minor details of daily life that do not matter much and have left undone 
the major duties that matter most. Forgive us, our Father, and strengthen 
us by Thy spirit that the business of this day may be done with Thy cause 
in our hearts. 

Awaken within us the spirit of friendliness and kindliness and good cheer. 
Keep us from allowing disagreements to make us disagreeable and from 
permitting differences in us to make differences between us. Kindle in our 
hearts and in the hearts of all people the spirit of good will. Let tolerance 
and understanding and compassion rule our spirits and possess our souls. 

Send us out into this day to do our work with all our might and at 
eventide may this world be a better place because we have lived and worked 
and prayed. 

In the spirit of Christ, we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, JULY 10, 1967 


Thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath 
given unto thee.—Deuteronomy 26: 11. 


Aumouty Gop, ouR FaTHER, again we come to Thee with gratitude for 
the rest and change of our recess and for the opportunity of serving Thee and 
our country this present hour provides. We pray that Thou wilt help these 
Representatives of our people to face the challenge of these times with cour- 
age: to accept their responsibilities with confidence and to solve their ever- 
present problems with creative wisdom. 

May they learn anew the lesson that the secret of finding life and happi- 
ness is not to do what you like to do but to learn to like what you have to do. 
In this spirit we pray and in this spirit may we do our work this day. 

Our Father, we pray for him whose companion has entered into the life 
immortal. May the comfort of Thy spirit abide in his heart and in the heart 
of his family. Help them and us to trust Thee more fully, to remember that 
love and life are everlasting and that Thy mercy endures forever. May our 


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sympathy draw us closer to him and to each other and make Thy presence 
more real in all our lives. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 1967 


Behold, the Lord our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and 
we have heard His voice out of the midst of the fire; we have seen this day 
that God does talk with man and that He lives——Deuteronomy 5: 24. 


O Gop, our FaTuEr, we thank Thee for the gift of a new day fresh from 
Thy hand. Help us to use these hours to live cleanly, to labor industriously, 
to love wisely, and to keep our spirits elevated to high levels of thought. 
May we have the strength to overcome our difficulties and the courage to 
carry our responsibilities with honor and with uplifted hearts. 

Sustain us in every effort to make a better world and to bring good will to 
all the children of men. In the midst of this day’s work assure us of Thy 
presence and let the light of Thy wisdom fall upon our pathway. In Jesus’ 
name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, JULY 17, 1967 


Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His 
might.—Ephesians 5:10. 


O Tuovu wuoss spirit Is TRUTH AND WHOSE HEART IS LOVE, we would 
bring our little lives to Thy greatness, our weakness to Thy strength, and 
our ill will to Thy never failing good will. As flowers open to the sun, as 
children turn to their parents in moments of need, so we come lifting our 
seeking souls unto Thee praying that we may feel about us the power of 
Thy life and the peace of Thy love. 

We pray for our President, our Speaker, and all the Members of this 
body. With pressures which tax their resources to the utmost, with duties 
which demand their attention and absorb their time, with criticisms which 
come from minds that do not understand, may our people begin to think 
of these men and women more and more with sympathetic hearts, under- 
standing minds, and supporting spirits; and less and less with provincial 
prejudices, fruitless fault finding, and carping criticisms. 

So we, the leaders of our people, bow before the altar of Thy presence 
and pray for a greatness of spirit, a purity of heart, and a will to serve 
Thee and our country with all our being. In the Master’s name. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 1967 


For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom 
as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one an- 
other —Galatians 5:13. 


Aumicury AND EverLastinc Gop, FATHER OF ALL MEN, in our hearts we 
kneel before Thee in all reverence and humility, confessing our need of Thy 
forgiving grace and our desire for Thy directing guidance. Help us to lift 
our spirits to Thee in prayer and praise and give us grace to dedicate our 
lives anew to Thee, to our country, and to the welfare of all mankind. 

We pray for the captive nations of the world—for the oppressed, the 
downtrodden, the persecuted—those who live in the darkness of fear and 
death. Grant that they may keep aglow in their hearts the desire for freedom. 
May they have the courage to endure their trials with faith, the strength 
to resist temptation with honor, and the spirit that continues to dream of a 
day when justice and mercy shall rule the hearts of men. 

During these days that test men’s souls may the awareness of Thy presence 
give us steady faith and steadfast love enabling us to minister to those 
in need. In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, JULY 24, 1967 


In Thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion — 
Psalm 71: 1. 


Lorn oF our LIVES, we know of no finer way to begin this week than by 
pausing before Thee in prayer and in praying renew our faith, restore our 
spirits, and rededicate our lives to Thee and to the welfare of our beloved 
land. In these days that call for wisdom, understanding, and good will 
may we possess Thy spirit or better still may Thy spirit possess us that we 
may plan with faith, work with courage, and live with love in our hearts. 

Grant unto us and unto all our people the grace to fearlessly contend 
against evil, to make no peace with oppression, to be on guard against 
violence, and may we use our freedom to maintain justice and good will 
between men and women to the glory of Thy holy name. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 1967 


Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good.—Romans 
12019: 


EF, rernat FATHER OF OUR SPIRITS, we pray that in this sacred minute of 
prayer we may receive guidance for the day, wisdom for each hour, and 


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good will for every moment. Help us to think more and talk less; to pray 
more and procrastinate less; to live more by high principles and less by 
low prejudices. Make us so dissatisfied with ourselves that we may turn 
away from loud professions to quiet practice, from friendly looks to friendly 
lives, and from speaking excellent words to speeding excellent works. 

So we pray this morning that Thou wilt renew a right spirit within us 
and send us out into this day with gracious thoughts, good words, and a 
great spirit. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, JULY 27, 1967 


I sought the Lord, and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears.— 
Psalm 34: 4. 


Ecrernat Gop AND FATHER OF MANKIND, whose creative spirit summons us 
to walk in the way of justice and peace and good will, in all reverence of mind 
and heart we bow before Thee at the altar of prayer. Lest we lose our way 
in the tragedy of these trying times we would turn from the noise of the seen 
world to the quiet of the unseen world in Thy presence where we can be still 
and know that Thou art God. 

In the tense wilderness of our human relationships reveal to us Thy will. 
In the dense darkness of our day let Thy light shine upon our path. In the 
confusion of conflicting counsels give us wisdom to see clearly the signs of 
the times and the courage to walk worthily in the way of Thy word to us. 

This day may we depart from evil and do good; may we seek peace and 
pursue it; may we do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with Thee. In 
the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 1967 


Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you receive 
it, and you will—Mark 11: 24. 


In RESPONSE TO THE CALL OF OUR PRESIDENT THAT WE UNITE IN PRAYER 
FOR OUR COUNTRY—we pause in Thy presence this moment praying that Thy 
spirit may come anew into our hearts and into the hearts of all our people. 
May we not only hear the cry of humanity for justice and freedom but may 
we heed it. May violence cease, may understanding between the races in- 
crease, may intelligent good will prevail, may the needs of the needy be met 
that there be no cause for bitterness and hatred. 

We pray that everyone may have his chance to grow and to work and 


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to live that our Nation may be in deed and in truth the home of the brave, the 
land of the free, and the one country which has liberty and justice for all. 
In the Master’s name we offer our prayer. Amen. 


THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 1967 
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.—Thessalonians 5: 21. 


Erernat Gop, our FaTuer, our refuge in ages past, our strength for the 
present hour and our hope for future days, we come up to Thee conscious of 
our own failures and faults but with faith and fortitude because our trust 
is in Thee. 

Deliver us from feverishly following foolish fashions and from walking 
the weary ways of a worried world. Remove from us all bitterness which 
blights our lives, all resentment which ruins our dispositions, all pride which 
makes us intolerant and closes the door to the needs of others. 

Grant that in the adventure of building a better world we may saturate 
our good ideas with great idealism; we may combine commonsense with an 
uncommon spirit and we may be confident that light will triumph over 
darkness, right will win over wrong and love will outlast hatred. To this 
end keep us devoted to the light, to the right, and to love. In the Redeemer’s 
name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 1967 


“Obey My voice,” saith the Lord ”and I will be your God and you shall 
be My people; and walk in all the ways that I command you, that it may 
be well with you.”—Jeremiah 7: 23. 


O Gop, ouR FaTHER, who art the spirit of truth and the life of love, as 
we set out upon another week of work may Thy presence within give us 
courage and strength and fidelity. Cleansed by Thy forgiving grace we would 
make our bodies temples of Thy spirit, our hearts the dwellingplace of Thy 
love and our minds the center of Thy wisdom. 

We bring to this altar of prayer ourselves, cluttered up with a lot of little 
things and confused at times about what is right and wrong. May the 
splendor of Thy spirit and the glory of Thy greatness shame our little 
thoughts, our petty prejudices, and our unworthy ways. May the vision of 
what we ought to be, and by Thy grace can be, spur us on to do our best for 
our country and for the people we represent. 


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Grant unto each one of us an inner greatness of spirit, an inner purity of 
heart, and an inner nobility of mind. 


“God who touches earth with beauty 
Make us lovely, too, 
Keep us ever, by Thy spirit, 
Pure and strong and true.” 


Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9, 1967 


Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good—Romans 


PRA 


Farner oF our SPIRITS, open to us the gates of the morning and reveal 
to us the glory of a new day as we pause a minute at the altar of prayer. 
We are facing difficult days and living through troubled times. For this we 
need courage and strength and an inner stability of spirit. Grant unto us 
now the grace of a quiet mind, a steady faith, and a strong will which will 
make us more than a match for the mood of this moving moment. 

Help us to stand up for the rights of man, for obedience to the laws of our 
land, and for the principles of good government believing that Thy spirit 
will guide us, Thy power will strengthen us, Thy presence will bless us as we 
do what we firmly believe to be right. We pray also that the people of our 
country may seek to do what is right and good for all that we may learn 
to live together in peace and good will. In the Master’s name we pray. 

Amen. 


THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 1967 


Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: 
for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.—Joshua 1: 9. 


Oor FarHEr Gop, in a changing world filled with fear and ferment we 
turn to Thee in whose unchanging presence is hope and strength and peace. 
In this quiet moment of prayer may we be lifted above our lower selves 
into a higher realm where Thy spirit is real and we can receive anew the 
ministry of Thy grace. 

Forgive our surrender to unworthy compromises and our succumbing 
to unwarranted concessions. Deliver us from majoring in minors and trifling 
with trivia in this period of peril. May we give our highest thought and best 
efforts to what is truly important that out of our creative endeavors may 
come that which is worthwhile for all. 

Give to these Representatives the will to work together for the well- 


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being of our country. Amid the persistent pressures of daily duty may they 
hear Thy voice speaking to them and, responding, to be given the faith to 
trust Thee for guidance in the decisions which have to be made and in the 
work which must be done. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 1967 


Let us not be weary in welldoing; for in due season we shall reap, if we 
faint not.—Ephesians 6: 9. 


A.umicuty AND EVERLASTING Gop, Creator of the world and the Comforter 
of the human spirit, we commend unto Thy gracious care the citizens of 
our beloved country. Especially do we pray for our President—that health 
and strength and wisdow may be his as he endeavors to lead our people in 
these troubled and trying times. 

Upon our Speaker may there rest the rich blessing of Thy grace and the 
wise guidance of Thy spirit. To these Representatives, their staffs, and co- 
workers, may there come anew a realization of Thy presence as they bow at 
the altar of prayer and dedicate themselves to Thee and to the welfare of 
our people. Increase their faith, deepen their devotion, and enlarge their 
vision that they may continue to labor for the greater good of our country. 
May they never grow weary in well-doing. In the Master’s name we pray. 

Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 1967 


He looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker 
is God.—Hebrews 11: 10. 


O Gop, ouR FATHER, may the spirit of wisdom and compassion move our 
hearts and our hands as we wait upon Thee at the altar of prayer. Day 
after day we pray, night after night we lift our hearts unto Thee—know- 
ing that often our words are without wings and that at times we say what 
we do not mean—yet in the midst of the pressure of persistent problems may 
we feel the touch of Thy healing hand, receive the guidance of Thy wise 
providence, and become one with Thee in the adventure of making the 
world a better place in which to live. 

Purge our minds of all prejudice, cleanse our hearts of all cynicism, re- 
move far from us all ill will, and make us builders of the bridges of under- 


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standing and goo: will which span the differences between men and unite 
them in the shining endeavor to create a world in which righteousness 
reigns and peace prevails and the welfare of all is the desire of every heart. 
In the name of Christ we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 1967 


Trust ye in the Lord forever; for in the Lord God ts everlasting strength._— 
Isaiah 26: 4. 


O Gop wuo HAST GIVEN US THIS GOOD LAND FOR OUR HERITAGE, we 
humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful 
of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land, our people and our 
leaders that under the guidance of Thy wise and good spirit we may not 
grow weary in working nor wavering in worship. 

Save us from violence, discord and confusion; from pride and prejudice 
and from every evil way. Fashion us into one people, united in purpose and 
spirit, faithful to Thee and fruitful in all good works as we seek the welfare 
of all. Endow with wisdom and charity these leaders of our Nation that 
there may be justice at home and peace in our world. In the time of pros- 
perity fill our hearts with gratitude and in the day of trouble let not our trust 
in them fail; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 1967 


Blessed is the man where strength is in thee—Psalm 84: 5. 


O Gop, our Farner, grant unto us the spirit of understanding and good 
will as we face the glory of a new day by waiting upon Thee in this moment 
of prayer. We would be still in thy presence and receive the strength which 
sustains us, the wisdom which makes us wise and the peace which holds us 
steady through troubled times. 

Forgive our impatience revealed in discouragements, outbursts of temper 
and hasty words we so often regret. Forgive our impetuosity made known 
in worried attitudes, careless conversation and hurried actions for which we 
are so repeatedly sorry. Strengthen us to do our best in this hour of our Na- 
tion’s need—to think constructively, to speak courageously and to act con- 
fidently that here in this place men may see democracy in action and 
democracy at its very best. In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


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TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 1967 


The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon 
Him in truth—Psalm 145: 18. 


Worn REVERENT AND THANKFUL SPIRITS, OUR FATHER, we bow before 
Thee in the quiet peace of this moment. Our hearts are filled with gratitude 
for all the privileges and opportunities which are ours. Knowing that we 
can show our thankfulness through lives of usefulness to Thee, we pray that 
Thou wilt give us courage in the face of temptation, confidence when con- 
fronted by difficulties and calmness amid danger. As Thou hast made this 
world fair for our use, grant that the trials of life may not, through our 
grumbling ingratitude be turned into occasions of unhappiness and misery, 
but that we may accept with cheerfulness whatever Thou dost send. 
Make us true and just in all our dealings and straightforward in all our 
ways. Give us, we pray Thee, such quiet strength as will enable us to prevail 
without loud speaking and such gentleness of spirit as will enable us to use 
our strength with due regard for the rights of others. Reveal to us the 
path we should take, tune our ears to hear Thy call, keep us ever in Thy 
way, and be with us as we go. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


MONDAY, AUGUST 28, 1967 


The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time 
forth and even forever more.—Psalm 121: 8. 


Evrernan FATHER OF OUR SPIRITS, at the beginning of another week, we 
pause a moment in Thy presence seeking guidance at Thy hand, strength 
for the day and wisdom for the decisions we have to make. 

May Thy blessing rest upon these Representatives of our people and may 
Thy spirit move in their hearts as they seek to promote justice in our land, 
good will between our people and cooperation among the nations of the 
world. As a result of their endeavors may obedience to law, the rights of 
the individual and loyalty to our country be firmly established among us. 
God bless America, keep her true to Thee, and do Thou keep her free now 
and forever. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 1967 
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love—I John 4: 8. 


Gono or Love anp Lorp oF Mercy, lay Thy hand upon us and hold us 
steady amid the troubles of this time. The days come and go so fast that we 


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lose our grip on life. We hurry here and there and wonder why we are 
weary and worn out. We are slaves rather than masters. In fact our work 
controls us rather than in faith we control our work. 

Halt Thou our haste, heal our ailing spirits, direct us in the doing of our 
duty, stay Thou with us and we with Thee until we come to ourselves. Then 
let us arise with a strength born of Thy spirit to face the tasks of this day 
with courage and to keep our faith even against the fury and violence of a 
world which has lost its true purpose and real destiny. 

Abide Thou with us and encourage us to do Thy will that we may 
be open channels through which Thy redeeming love may flow to heal 
the differences between men and nations. In the Master’s name, we 
pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1967 
Teach me Thy way, O Lord, that I may walk in Thy truth—Psalm 86: 11. 


Evrerna Gop, our FaTuer, who art the refuge and strength of Thy peo- 
ple in every age and our refuge and strength in this present hour, come Thou 
anew into our hearts as we bow humbly in Thy presence. Help us to realize 
our dependence upon Thee, our constant need of Thy strength, Thy guid- 
ance, and Thy love. Give us to know that Thou art always with us and that 
with Thee we can be made ready for every responsibility and equal to every 
experience. 

We pray for peace in our world, for good will among our people, and 
for a faith in Thee which makes us strong, gives us courage, and helps us 
on our upward way. 

May Thy spirit touch each one of us with healing power. Kindle our 
faith, make sensitive our consciences, dedicate our strength, fortify us in our 
troubles, and send us out into this day strong in Thee and in the power of 
Thy might. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1967 


Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God.—John 14: 1. 


O Gop, our FaTHER, who are ever seeking to strengthen Thy children, 
make us strong as we face the arduous tasks of this day and as we carry the 
heavy responsibilities placed upon us—keeping freedom. alive in our world 
and promoting justice and good will among our people. Give to us the faith 
which will enable us to meet fearlessly the forces of tyranny which threaten 
to engulf us. 

Bless the Members of this body. Lead them in their labors, direct them in 


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their decisions, fortify their faith, strengthen their spirits, elevate their en- 
deavors that they may lead our Nation into wider areas of truth and 
righteousness and good will. 

Bless our men and women in the service of our country—many exposed 
to danger and death. Heal the wounded, strengthen the prisoners, relieve the 
suffering, and comfort the sorrowing. Hasten the day when nations will 
learn to live together in peace and good will. 

In the name of the Prince of Peace we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1967 


Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it —Luke 11: 28. 


Ev rernau Gop, our FATHER, so high above us that we cannot comprehend 
Thee and yet so deep within us that we cannot escape Thee, make Thyself 
real to us as we pray today. 

Tired are we of our littleness and pray that Thou wilt lift us into the 
fellowship of great minds. Tired are we of our thoughts of discouragement 
and pray that Thou wilt lift us into the companionship of great hearts. In 
this fellowship and from this companionship may our faith be renewed, our 
hope strengthened, and our courage confirmed. 

Bless these Representatives of our people. During these days may they 
be wise with Thy wisdom, strong in Thy power, and faithful through Thy 
faithfulness to them. According to our needs may the riches of Thy grace 
enter the heart of every one of us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1967 


I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him 
will I trust.—Psalm 91: 2. 


O Gop anp FATHER OF US ALL, at the beginning of another week we draw 
near to Thee humbly and reverently realizing our need of Thy spirit and 
praying for guidance, strength, and wisdom at Thy hands. For this moment 
may we enter the secret place of the Most High and continuing so to do 
learn to dwell under the shadow of Thine almighty presence. 

Thou art the source of all our being. Thou art the fountain of every noble 
aspiration. Thou art in everything that lifts and liberates our souls. There- 
fore we pray that Thou wilt lead us from the unreality we find about us to the 
reality in our own hearts. May our faith in Thee be real. May our love to- 


ward our fellow man be real. May the spirit of good will forever be real 
within us. 


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Grant us Thy spiritual resources for this day and may we ever be recep- 
tive to Thy inner voice. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1967 


Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth_—I Samuel 3: 10. 


Evrernat Gop, ouR FATHER, we stand at attention before Thee this mo- 
ment to listen to Thy voice and to hear Thy word for us this day, Guide us 
as we work, give us patience when we must wait, grant unto us to be genuine 
in faith, gentle in love, and great in spirit. 

Help us to take time to pray, time to open our hearts to Thee, time to 
discover Thy way for us and for our Nation. Then give us the commonsense 
to become aware of Thy will and the uncommon spirit to obey it for the 
good of our country and the glory of Thy holy name. Amen. 


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1967 


Thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the Lord, thy God, hath 
given unto thee—Deuteronomy 26: 11. 


Aumicuty Gon, grant that through the ministry of this moment of medita- 
tion we may draw near to Thee and receive from Thy hand wisdom to 
make wise decisions, good will to relate ourselves affirmatively to others, 
and faith to hold us steady amid the troubles of this time. May we be with 
Thee and through all our discussions we pray that Thou wilt keep us 
mindful of Thy presence. 

We pray for our country that in this day our Nation may be Thy channel 
for peace in our world and Thy servant for good will among the people 
on this planet. As leaders and as a people may we grow in spirit, and as 
mature persons assume our position of responsible leadership among the 
nations of the world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1967 


Trust in Him at all times ye people; pour out your heart before Him; 
God is a refuge for us.—Psalm 62: 8. 


O Gop, who art the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, without whose 
blessing all our labor is in vain, we pray that our lives may be built not 
upon the sands which shift with the tide but upon the rock of eternal truth 


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and love. As we worship Thee reveal to us Thy presence; give us wisdom; 
awaken within us a greater desire for goodness and truth and love. To Thee 
we bring our affections to be purified, our ambitions to be refined, our minds 
to be cleansed, and our hearts to be responsive to Thy spirit. 

We ask Thy blessing upon our President, our Speaker, and all Members 
of this body. May the fires of Thy spirit burn brightly within them. May 
they ever be friendly in spirit, clear in purpose, strong in integrity—men 
and women of high principles, great faith, and never failing good will. 
Protect them from all evil and may public office be to them a public trust 
which will issue in a public service unexcelled in the history of our beloved 
land. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1967 


Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt thou serve.— 
Matthew 4: 10. 


Erernat Gop, our FaTHER, from whom our spirits come, with whom they 
live and unto whom they go when life on earth is over—in the quiet of this 
moment we humbly lift our hearts unto Thee in prayer. We believe in Thee 
with all our minds—do Thou make Thyself real to us in all our hearts. 
Grant unto us a song on our lips in the morning, strength for the day, good 
will for one another, a steadfast loyalty to our country, courage to maintain 
high ideals in our national life, and a faith in Thee that gives us con- 
fidence and helps us overcome the evil in the world. 

Give to us an inner spirit of hospitality to that which is high in life and 
send us forth masters of ourselves because we are mastered by Thee. By Thy 
spirit of truth alive within us may we be among that company of Thy 
children who lift the world and do not lean upon it, and who leave it a 
better place in which to live. In the Redeemer’s name we pray. Amen. 


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1967 


They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength—lIsaiah 40: 31. 


Our FATHER IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH, we, the Representatives of the 
people of our land, bow before Thee humbly praying for strength, for 
guidance, and for good will from Thee. Make this a sacred moment in 
which we become aware of Thy presence, a moment when strength is given, 
guidance provided, and good will arises anew within us. 

We need Thee, every hour we need Thee. We hurry too much, we eat too 
fast, we sleep too little, and then wonder why we are weary and worried 


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and worn out. As we wait upon Thee renew our strength, restore our spirits, 
reinvigorate our minds, that this day we may think good thoughts, make 
wise decisions, and do it all free from tension and filled with faith. Trusting in 
Thee, may we sing even in the rain. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1967 


In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength and my 
refuge is in God.—Psalm 62: 7. 


O Gop anp FATHER OF US ALL, we know of no better way to begin the 
week than by lifting our hearts unto Thee in prayer and by pledging unto 
Thee the desire of our hearts to serve Thee by devoting ourselves to the 
welfare of our country and to the well-being of our fellow man. 

In these stirring days which search our souls, try our faith, and often 
dampen our spirits, we pray for guidance that we may know Thy will, for 
courage to walk in Thy way, and for uplifting strength to keep on without 
faltering and without fainting. 

We pray for peace and as we seek it may we be determined to protect 
our freedom against any aggressor. Both militarily and morally may we 
stand strong, and filled with Thy spirit continue to labor for liberty and 
justice for all. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1967 


Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord; and thou shalt love the 
Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy 
might.—Deuteronomy 6: 4, 5. 


O Lorp, our Gop, and God of our fathers, who hast been the dwelling 
place of Thy people in all generations and who in Thy gracious mercy hast 
brought us to the close of another year—we thank Thee for the way by 
which Thou hast led us and we pray that as we look forward we may con- 
tinue to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Thy law. Lead us step by 
step, and from strength to strength, that we may serve Thee more perfectly 
and love our fellow man more sincerely. 

Increase our faith as Thou dost increase our years and the longer we live 
on earth the better may our service be, the more willing our obedience, the 
more consistent our daily lives, the more loving our hearts, and the more 
complete our devotion to Thee. 

Be Thou with us, O God, and receive us in Thy boundless love, for Thou 
art our hope and our support. Amen. 


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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1967 


He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He in- 
creaseth strength.—Isaiah 40: 29. 


O Gop, our FATHER, who art always the same, whose saving truth never 
lets us down and whose patient love never lets us go, make us conscious of 
Thy presence as in spirit we kneel before Thee in this morning moment of 
meditation. Speak Thou Thy word to us and give us ears to hear, minds to 
heed, and hands and feet to do Thy will in Thy way for Thy work. 

Humble us in our pride, strengthen us in our weakness, and make us great 
in heart when we would be little in spirit that we may have joy in our en- 
deavors and peace in our hearts. 

Bless Thou our country and every institution, every person, every effort 
made which helps men to love one another and to live together in peace. May 
Thy kingdom come and Thy will be done in us now. Amen. 


MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1967 


The Lord is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation; 
this is my God, and I will praise Him, my Father's God and I will exalt 
Him.—Exodus 15: 2. 


Aumicuty AND ETERNAL Gop, before whom a thousand years pass as a 
watch in the night, rekindle within us Thy spirit and replenish us with Thy 
grace as we face the tasks of another week. Be Thou a pillar of fire to us by 
night and a pillar of cloud by day. Lead us into green pastures, beside still 
waters, along right paths, that our spirits may be restored, that we may find 
comfort in hours of need, and that goodness and mercy may follow us all 
the days of our lives, 

In these trying times help us to rise above that which is mean and small 
and enable us to work together in glad good will for the honor and security 
of our Nation, for the good of our people and for the welfare of all mankind. 
In Thy most holy name we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1967 
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me and know my thoughts: 
and see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way ever- 


lasting —Psalm 139: 23, 24. 


O Gop anp FATHER oF us ALL, let Thy spirit arise within us as we—the 
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wisdom and unfaltering good will enable us to meet the demanding duties 
of this day and manage the moods that move in our minds. Strengthen us 
as we sincerely strive to step along straight paths and as we endeavor to do 
what is right for our country and for our world. 

Inspire us with greater faith to climb the heights of national honor and 
security realizing that the closer we are to the summit of Thy presence the 
nearer we are together. In periods of strained relations touch Thou our 
hearts with spirit hand and make us souls that understand. Through Jesus 
Christ our Lord. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1967 


And I say unto you, ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; 
knock and it shall be opened unto you.—Luke 11: 9. 


O Lorp, our Gop, infinite in wisdom, power, and love, we come to Thee 
conscious of our needs and with the confidence that Thou art with us 
to lead us in Thy way, to strengthen us to do Thy will, and to be our inspira- 
tion as we do our duty and make ourselves ready for the responsibilities of 
this day. 

May the blessings of health, courage, and moral strength be ours and 
may our lives show their gratitude by good conduct motivated by genuine 
motives. 

Bless our country and all the institutions of our beloved land. Increase 
the faith of our people in our Government and may we the leaders prove 
ourselves worthy of their trust. Forgive our shortcomings, save us from 
hypocrisy and from forever justifying ourselves. Simply let us do our best 
and leave the rest to Thee. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1967 


Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; He is our saluvatton.—Psalm 


68: 19: 


Dear Lorp AND FATHER OF MANKIND, disturbed by the demanding duties 
of this disruptive day and pursued by the persistent problems of this present 
period we would pause again at the altar of prayer to remember that Thou 
art God, that this is our Father’s world, and to remind ourselves that though 
the wrong seems oft so strong Thou art the ruler yet. In Thy strength we 
would be made strong, with Thy wisdom we would become wise, and by 
Thy grace we would face the tasks of this week with confidence. 

We pray for our country—for our President, our Speaker, and all the 


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leaders of our people. Rule their hearts and direct their endeavors that law 
and order, justice and peace may prevail everywhere in our land. Make 
us mighty in moving along right paths that we may be worthy of Thy bless- 
ing and in turn become a blessing to all nations, to the glory of Thy name, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1967 
When you pray, say, Our Father.—Luke 11: 2. 


Evrernat Gop, our FaTuer, who has set eternity in our souls, the spirit 
of love in our hearts, and a song of praise on our lips, in the quiet hush of 
this moment we bow at the altar of prayer. 

We come at the call of our President to pray and to pray for the people of 
our land. Pour out Thy spirit upon us and join us together in greater 
loyalty to our Nation, in greater justice to our fellow man, and in greater 
faith in Thee. Keep us faithful in the defense of freedom, and with courage 
and confidence may we preserve and promote the blessings of liberty every- 
where. 

Enlighten the minds of our people that we may work together to remove 
inequalities, to reduce friction, to renounce prejudice, and by the strength 
of Thy spirit may we foster an increasing good will in the hearts of all. 
Help us to take the law into our hearts and not into our hands and to 
respect the rights of all men. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1967 


You have need of patience, so that you may do the will of God and re- 
ceive the promise—Hebrews 10: 36. 


O Goo anp FATHER oF Us ALL in this quiet moment of prayer we come 
with humble and contrite hearts acknowledging our dependence upon Thee 
and praying that with Thee we may live through these critical days with 
courage and with faith, Give to us an inner greatness of spirit, an inner 
graciousness of heart, and an inner gentleness of mind that we may be 
more than a match for the challenge of this hour. Make us patient with each 
other and understanding, for we do not know the battles others are fighting 
nor the experiences they are facing. 

We pray for the men and women defending our freedom with their lives. 
Grant unto them strength in need, help in danger, healing in body, and 


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courage of mind and heart. May their sacrifice not be in vain. With them 
may we unite in proclaiming the life of liberty and the fruits of freedom 
now and forever. Amen. 


MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1967 


Jesus said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not 
walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.’—John 8: 12. 


Our Faruer Gop, in the darkness of our day we turn to Thee who art the 
light of the world and the light our world needs this present hour. Amid the 
discontent and dissatisfaction of this age we come to Thee for guidance and 
direction, 

Lead, kindly light, amid the encircling gloom, lead Thou us on. Keep Thou 
our feet; we do not ask to see the distant scene; one step enough for us. Help 
us to see it and to have the courage to take it—that step by step we may 
move in the direction of more harmonious relationships among our people, 
greater cooperation among the nations of the world, and an ever increasing 
good will in the hearts of all men. In the name of Him who is the light of 
the world we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1967 


Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own 
understanding.—Proverbs 3: 5. 


E;rernat Gop, our FaTuer, unfailing source of light and life, we thank 
Thee for Thy presence which gives power to Thy people and courage to Thy 
children. With Thee may we find strength in the time of trouble, deliverance 
in the hour of temptation, and serenity in the moment when we wrestle with 
worry. 

Save us from false ambitions and feverish activities, from plans and poli- 
cies which are contrary to Thy will, and from a foolish trust in our own 
powers. Turn us to Thee in all humility that Thou canst forgive us and 
heal us and lead us in paths of righteousness for Thy name’s sake. 

Teach us to love Thee with all our hearts and our fellow man as ourselves. 
Give us such a measure of Thy spirit that we may be used by Thee to usher 
in a greater day for our country and a better day for all mankind. In the 
Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1967 


Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in Thy faithfulness 
answer me and in Thy righteousness.—Psalm 143: 1. 


Bararur on US, BREATH OF Gop, as in this moment we bow at the altar 
of prayer and offer unto Thee the devotion of our hearts. Thou hast bound 
us together with our neighbors in a struggle for liberty and a striving for 
peace. Grant unto us the insight and the inspiration that we may continue 
on the path of freedom and together maintain peace, promote justice, and 
increase our fellowship with each other. 

So rule our hearts and prosper our endeavors that law and order, faith 
and good will may prevail between us forever. Thus may we be one in 
spirit as we face the events and the experiences of this day. In the name of 
Christ we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1967 


Our soul waiteth for the Lord: He is our help and our shield—Psalm 
33: 20. 


Evrernat Gop, the sustainer of life and the Father of all men, in Thy pres- 
ence we pause in silence knowing that with Thee all our labor is worthwhile. 
We pray that our lives and the life of our Nation may be built upon the 
rock of eternal truth and invincible good will. So we dedicate ourselves 
anew to Thee who are the way, the truth, and the life. 

We thank Thee for our country, for our glorious heritage, for this 
challenging hour, and for the faith with which we can meet the days 
that lie ahead. Bless Thou our President—give him wisdom as he leads 
our people through these troubled times. Bless these Representatives and 
help them ever to look to Thee who art the fountain of wisdom and the 
source of all good. Bless our men and women in Vietnam, strengthen them 
in every noble endeavor and hasten the day when war shall cease and 
peace rule in the hearts of men and of nations. 

May Thy mighty spirit surging through us and our people translate our 
principles into practices and our dedication to Thee into a greater devotion 
to truth and freedom. In the Master’sname. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1967 


As many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God.—Romans 
8: 14, 


O Tuou wuo ART THE SOURCE OF ALL OUR STRENGTH AND THE REFUGE OF 
THOSE WHO PUT THEIR TRUST IN THEE, steady us with Thy spirit lest the 
disagreements of this day hide Thy presence from us. Within the shadow of 
our concern stands Thy love waiting to cross the threshold of our need. As 
we pray may we receive Thy love and thus led step by step be strengthened 
for the journey of this day. 

We pray for those we love, whose faithfulness warms our hearts and 
brings joy to our spirits. We commend them to Thy loving care which 
shepherds their days with a wisdom and love greater than our own. 

We pray for our country. Cleanse our hearts of all harsh misunderstandings 
and hostile ill will which are the seeds of strife. Make us quick to welcome 
every adventure in cooperation and every effort to strengthen our rela- 
tionships with each other. Open the door of opportunity and give us cour- 
age to walk through it to a greater life together under the banner of 
free men. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1967 


By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love for 
one another.—John 13: 35. 


O Gop, Our Fatuer, who hast revealed Thyself in the history of mankind, 
who dost reveal Thyself to the open mind and heart of man today, make us 
responsive to Thee and grant us faith and fidelity as we live through the 
maddening maze of modern movements. 

We rejoice when we realize that Thou art never far from anyone of us, 
and our hearts take courage when we think again that we can never drift 
beyond Thy love and care. 

Grant that the spirit of love and concern may permeate our hearts and 
the good seed we sow this day bear fruit in an abundant harvest of justice 
and liberty for all. In the spirit of the Master we pray. Amen. 


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1967 
Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it—Luke 11: 28. 


E rernan Gop, Our Fatuer, we thank Thee for the coming of another day 
and for the opportnnity it provides to work with Thee in the service of our 


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country. May the hours glow with the glory of Thy presence and in every- 
thing we do may we be mindful of Thy good spirit. 

We come to Thee with real regrets and high hopes, each one of us with a 
prayer of our own. If we are weary, strengthen us; if we are worried, grant 
us a peace that calms anxiety; if we are wayward in thought and deed, 
steady us; if we are wavering in our allegiance to high ideals, be Thou our 
rock and our fortress; if we are forever seeking our own way, help us to see 
that there may be other ways and above all to see Thy way. 

Enable us to meet the tasks of this day with unwavering strength and 
unwearying endurance. May we continue our work with an integrity of 
spirit and a steadfastness of purpose to Thy glory and for the good of our 
Nation. In the name of Christ, we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1967 


My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me and to finish His work — 
John 4: 34. 


Gon or Our FATHERS AND Our Gop, we would begin the day conscious 
of Thy presence and committing our lives anew to Thee. Sustain us with 
Thy spirit and make us ready for our responsibilities, equal to our experi- 
ences, and adequate for every task. In the midst of the heat of daily duties 
let not our strength fail, nor our steps falter, nor our vision fade. 

Make us patient with each other and understanding, remembering that 
each one of us walks a lonely road and each one has struggles no one else 
knows. 

Give to us a real reverence for personality, a deep desire to speak the 
truth, and an unending enthusiasm for the reign of liberty and justice in 
our Nation and in our world. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1967 


I am ready for anything through the strength of the One who lives within 
me.—Philippians 4: 13. 


O Gop, Our Fatuer, who gives us the day for work and the night for 
rest, grant us health of body, cleanness of mind, and courage of spirit that 
we may do our work this day with all our might. Deliver us from the 
bitterness that blights our lives, from the fears that frustrate our faith, 
and from the ill will which dampens our upward struggle. 

Make us one in Thee that we may be hospitable to the highest in life 
and thus be ready with new strength for a new day. 

May we walk in straight paths until Thy glory shall be revealed in our 
efforts to make the world a better place in which men can learn to live 


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together and to work together and to pray together. To this end may Thy will 
be done in us and in all men, through Christ our Lord. Amen. 


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1967 


O man greatly beloved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of 
good courage.—Daniel 10: 19. 


Gon or our FATHERS, who has called forth a great nation in these United 
States and has bound us together in the struggle for liberty and justice 
for all, keep us one in spirit as we endeavor to provide order, to promote 
good will, and to produce an enduring peace in our world. 

We are mindful of those who are giving their lives for our country and for 
free men everywhere. For them we pray with all our hearts. Grant that we 
may so live our lives, so use our influence, so conduct ourselves that their 
dedication shall not be in vain. By Thy spirit make us worthy of their 
devotion. 


O Lord, as I go my uncaring way, 
Help me to remember that somewhere out there a man died for me today. 
So long as there be war 
I must ask and I must answer, 
Am I worth dying for? 
Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1967 


In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves 
us.—Romans 8: 37. 


Aumicury AND Everiastine Gop, who art always more ready to hear 
than we are to pray, and art wont to give more than we desire or 
deserve, we humbly beseech Thee to take our lives into Thy loving hands 
and to hold us steady in the midst of these troubled times that we may feel 
Thy power underneath us, Thy love about us, Thy truth above us, and 
Thy spirit within us. 

Help us to cast out every fear, strengthen us to walk in all good ways, 
set our affections upon things above, and give the joy that humble service 
bestows and the peace of heart that comes to those committed to Thee and 
to the coming of Thy kingdom. 

Bless Thou our President, our Speaker, and all these Representatives of our 
people. Grant unto them the spirit of wisdom, goodness, and truth; and 
so rule their hearts and bless their endeavors, that law and order, justice 
and peace may everywhere prevail to the honor of our Nation and glory of 
Thy Name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1967 


Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation—Matthew 26: 41. 


Siow us DOWN, Lorp, slow us down until in our inmost being we kneel 
quietly and reverently before Thee. For this moment deliver us from cold- 
ness of heart and wanderings of mind, that with steadfast thoughts and 
kindled affections we may worship Thee in spirit and in truth. Save us from 
the anxieties and confusion of the world and strengthen the tie that 
binds us together and to Thee. 

Grant us in all doubts and uncertainties the spirit to seek what Thou 
wouldst have us do, that the spirit of wisdom may save us from false 
choices and lead us into all truth. 

Guide, we beseech Thee, our Nation and the nations of the world into the 
ways of justice and good will, and establish among us the peace which is 
the fruit of righteousness. In Thy light may we see light and in Thy straight 
path may we not stumble. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1967 


I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for He will speak peace unto 
His people.—Psalm 85: 8. 


O Lorp, Our Gop, we are beginning to discover that without Thee we are 
never at our best. It has taken some of us a long time to realize it. We 
have been too proud, too stubborn, too determined to have our own way. 
Somehow Thou hast caught up with us and we know that with Thee 
alone is life and love. May Thy spirit so come to life in us that we may 
truly live and triumphantly love. 

We pray for the people of our beloved land that they, too, may grow in 
spirit and by Thy grace be made more than a match for the mood of this day. 

Help us to work together for peace in our world, for justice among our 
citizens, and for good will in the hearts of all. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1967 


The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon 
Him in truth.—Psalm 145: 18. 


W: PAUSE IN THIS MOMENT OF PRAYER, Our Fatuer, to lift our hearts 
unto Thee. Speak Thou Thy word to us and to our Nation, and help us not 


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only to hear it but to heed it; not only to receive it but to respond to it; not 
only to listen to it but to live by it. 

May we be gentle with each other and generous; may we be masters of our- 
selves and in so doing manage our relationships with good will; may we so 
live our lives that we can respect ourselves and thereby be worthy of the 
respect of others. 

Minister to us in our prayers that we may be able to change what we can 
change, accept what we must accept, and do it all with grateful hearts and 
genuine faith. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1967 


O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: for His mercy endureth 
forever—Psalm 106: 1. 


Evrernat Gop, Our FaTueEr, creator of the world and the ruler of men, on 
this Thanksgiving Eve we come to Thee with humble and grateful hearts. 
Thou hast been wonderfully good to us, Thy presence has guided us, Thy 
power has made us strong, and Thy providence has surrounded us all our 
days. We pray that Thou wouldst make us ever mindful of Thy spirit, ever 
eager to do Thy will, and ever grateful for Thy goodness. 

We thank Thee for our country—for the freedom we enjoy, for the rights 
which are ours, and for the future which beckons us to higher aspirations. 
We thank Thee for those who fight that the flag of freedom may fly glori- 
ously in this day. Bless them with courage and strength and give them to 
know that we are with them and that they do not struggle alone. 

We thank Thee for our homes and for the love and understanding they 
provide for us. Keep us from being impatient, impersonal, and impertinent. 
Make our hearts happy, our words good, and our hands ready to help. By 
Thy spirit may we be kind to those we love. 

Accept our gratitude and make us worthy of Thy blessings; through Jesus 
Christ our Lord. Amen. 


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1967 


If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, thou shalt love thy 
neighbor as thyself, ye do well——James 2: 8. 


O Gop, Our Fatuer, whose light is above us, whose love is about us, 
and whose life is within us, grant unto us a joy of spirit and a courage of 
heart as we enter upon the tasks of another week. Give us to feel that we 
can meet every demand made upon us and manage every duty which 
comes our way because Thy spirit lives in our hearts. With Thee may we 


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face our work in the high mood of integrity and the upward moving spirit 
of good will. 

In this land we love with all our hearts may there be a greater unity of 
purpose as we seek to remove discrimination and poverty and as we en- 
deavor to promote liberty and justice for all. In the Master’s name we offer 
this our morning prayer. Amen. 


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1967 
Teach me Thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path —Psalm 27: 11. 


O Gop, who art our refuge and strength, our help in trouble, we pray that 
Thou wilt lead us to a higher plane of courage and faith and patience that 
the influence of our lives and the example of our spirits may always be 
for Thy glory and for the good of our country. 

Renew in us a deeper devotion to Thee, a greater love for our fellow 
man, and a stronger faith that right is right and will ultimately prevail even 
in uncertain times. 

To Thee we commend our Nation. Be Thou the source of her strength 
and make her ever mindful of Thy providence. Bless Thou our Speaker, every 
Member of this body, every officer, every clerk, every secretary, every 
reporter, every page. As men and women selected for service to our Nation 
may we keep our record true. 


To think without confusion clearly; 
To love our fellowmen sincerely ; 
To act from honest motives purely ; 
To trust in God and heaven securely. 
Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1967 


Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in Thee.— 
Psalm 33: 22. 


E rernat Gop, Our FaTuHeR, in this time of trouble and this day of demand- 
ing duties and persistent problems we bow in Thy presence praying that we 
may be calm and confident in the discharge of the responsibilities placed 
upon us. We would be true, for there are those who trust us; we would be 
pure, for there are those who care; we would be strong, for there is much 
to suffer; we would be brave, for there is much to dare. 

Keep us ever faithful in the great office to which we have been elected 
and ever loyal in the grand adventure which seeks the high road of freedom 
and justice for all. 


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Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts that we may live in good will with our 
fellow man and in good faith with Thee. Amen. 


MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1967 


Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.—I John 
ATT. 


O THOU WHO ART FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING, in whose will is 
our peace, at the beginning of another week we pause before Thee with 
reverent hearts and humble spirits. Make us realize that Thou art God, 
that this is Thy world and that though the wrong seems oft so strong 
Thou art the ruler yet. 

Grant unto us the grace to repent, the courage to turn from our evil 
ways and to look to Thee who alone can forgive us and cleanse us and 
heal us. Bring us into fellowship with Thee that we may have good will in 
our hearts and through us may good will flow into the heart of our Nation 
and into the life of our world. May love which is the light of life become 
the law of our lives. So may we grow in spirit and so may our people in- 
crease in faith, in fortitude and in fellowship with Thee and with one 
another. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1967 
He that doeth the will of God abideth forever—I John 2: 17. 


Oor or A DEEP SENSE OF NEED, Our FaTHER, we come to Thee, praying 
that Thou wilt help us to be aware of Thy presence as we kneel at the altar 
of prayer and offer ourselves to Thee at the beginning of another day. 

At times we seem to talk too much and think too little, we are heard pro- 
fessing loudly but practicing in such small ways, we worry often but worship 
so seldom. Forgive us, O Lord, and help us to think more, to practice more, 
and to pray more that Thy spirit may come to new life in us and through us 
come to new life in our Nation. 

Grant unto us, the Representatives of our people, wisdom and faith as we 
meet in this troubled hour. Help us to accept our responsibilities with cour- 
age, make our decisions with confidence, and plan for the future with creative 
hope. 

We pray that Thou wilt awaken the faith of Americans in America that 
our laws may be obeyed, order made to prevail and good will move in the 
hearts of all our countrymen. In the spirit of Christ, we pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1967 


If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross 
daily and follow Me.—Luke 9: 23. 


O Gon or crace AND GOODNESS, we acknowledge our dependence upon 
Thee, our need of Thy mercy and our desire for Thy guidance. We beseech 
Thee to make us more and more aware of Thy presence, give us to know that 
Thou art ever with us and that with Thee we can face the day with con- 
fidence, do our work with fidelity, and be calm in the midst of trying 
experiences. 

We do not pray for freedom from disappointment or defeat but we do 
pray that Thou wouldst give us the faith and fortitude we need for these 
hours and such strength as will enable us to do the work we are called upon 
to do and to do it honorably and well. 

Renewing our strength, reinvigorating our minds, and restoring our souls, 
send us out into this day to do what we can for others, to keep our Nation 
great, and to make the world a better place where men can learn to live 
together in peace. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1967 


The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light——Isaiah 9: 2. 


O Gop, most mighty and merciful, we come to Thee for insight and in- 
spiration which Thou alone canst give to the human mind and heart. In this 
moment of prayer do Thou plant our feet on the higher ground of Thy 
spirit that we may find deliverance from thoughts that weaken us, from 
desires that worry us, and from a selfishness that closes the door to the needs 
of others. 

Thou who didst cause light to shine out of darkness, shine Thou upon our 
way, that we may see the road we should take, and by Thy spirit be given 
strength to walk on it—fulfilling Thy will for us and for our Nation. Send us 
out into this day with the assurance that Thou art with us and by Thy 
grace may we be made adequate for every activity, equal to every experience, 
and more than a match for every mood. 

Kindle in the hearts of our people a love for justice, an enthusiasm for 
good will and a joy in living that our Nation may turn from the low road 
of poverty and prejudice and take the high road that leads to the plains of 
peace and prosperity for all. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


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MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1967 


Let the peace of God rule in your hearts—Colossians 3: 15. 


O Gop, Our FATHER, who art above us and yet within us, afar off yet very 
near, we pause in silence before Thee knowing that with Thee all of life 
glows with meaning and grows with purpose. Quiet the turmoil in our 
spirits: soothe the irritations in our hearts and in quietness and confidence 
may we open the inner doors of our being to Thee. 

Speak to us through our consciences and help us to be more honest with 
ourselves and more friendly with others. 

Speak to us through our wills and help us to choose the right way that the 
decisions made this day may make the days to come useful and joyful for 
all. 

Speak to us through the needs of the world and help us to live in the con- 
fidence that justice can conquer injustice, peace can overcome war, and 
that love is stronger than hate. 

So speak to us and to all our people that this advent season may bear 
witness to a new birth of Thy spirit in the hearts of men. In the name of 
Christ we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1967 
With God all things are possible—Mark 10: 27. 


O Gop, our Faruer, the light of the true-hearted and the life of the 
wholehearted, strong in Thy strength we greet the coming of another day. 
May the hours be radiant with Thy presence and the minutes reflect the 
glory of Thy love. In everything we do and say may we be mindful of 
Thy spirit, eager to do Thy will, and ready to serve our country with all 
our hearts. 

Make us great enough to face these hours with courage, good enough to 
live through these days with confidence, and generous enough to share our 
faith that in these trying times we fail not man nor Thee. 

Not for ourselves alone may our prayer be; 
Lift Thou Thy world, O God, closer to Thee. 
Cleanse it from guilt and wrong; teach it salvation’s song, 
Till earth, as heaven, fulfill Thy holy will. 
Amen. 


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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1967 


God is spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit 
and in truth—John4: 24. 


F aruer oF MERCY, who hast spoken to Thy people in the past and who 
art speaking to us in the present, help us to hear Thy word this day. Each 
time we come to Thee we bring the same discouragements and the same 
desires. We ask for help without any honest endeavor on our part to 
discipline ourselves to receive it. 

Forgive us, O Lord, forgive our petitions made without any promise of 
performance on our part, our requests spoken without any renewal of spirit 
in our hearts, our words uttered without any serious intention in our minds. 
Grant us light by which to see, love by which to live, and faith by which 
to act that we may be redeemed from the error of our ways and be delivered 
from the evil that infests the world. 

Help us now to make a new beginning, to remove the spirit of bitterness 
and resentment, to reduce our anxieties and our prejudices, and to work 
together in true Christmas spirit for the good of our country, the welfare 
of mankind, and the peace of the world. In the Master’s name we pray. 
Amen. 


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1967 


Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will among men.— 
Luke 2: 14. 


O Gop, Our FATHER, who has taught us in Thy word that we should 
always pray and never lose heart—we come to Thee for help which Thou 
alone canst give. 

Some of us are weary—may we find rest in Thee. Some of us are anxious 
and troubled about many things—may we find Thy grace sufficient for 
every need. Some of us are tempted, sorely tempted—may we find in Thee 
strength not only to resist but to overcome. 

Give us grace to put our trust in Thee and to go forth in the direction 
of Christmas with the assurance that Thou art with us and amid the troubles 
and trials of daily living may we find strength for the day, rest for the 
night, and peace in our hearts. 

Grant unto us and unto all men this Christmastide the blessings of Thy 
grace and the benediction of Thy spirit. May good will live in all our hearts 
and in the heart of all our people. In the name of Him whose birthday we 
celebrate we pray. 

May the Lord bless us and keep us; the Lord make His face to shine upon 
us; the Lord lift the light of His countenance upon us and give us peace. 
Amen. 


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NINETIETH CONGRESS 


Second Session 


MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 1968 


Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; 
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.—Joshua 1: 9. 


O Gop, Our FaTHER, our help in ages past and our hope for years to come, 
our help and our hope in this present hour—in all reverence of mind and 
with true humility of spirit we lift our hearts unto Thee seeking strength 
and wisdom from Thy never-failing and ever-faithful presence. 

In this hour, as we turn another page in the glorious history of our grow- 
ing country, may we be strengthened with might by Thy spirit that we 
may meet these demanding days with creative courage and become more 
than a match for the mood of these troubled times. 

Bless Thou our President, our Speaker, our Representatives, those em- 
ployed by our Government, and all those in the Armed Forces of our coun- 
try. Grant that together we may enter this new year with deeper faith, 
broader sympathy, higher vision, and with greater love. 

Keep ever before us the endless splendor of a world cleared of poverty, 
cleansed of prejudice, and concerned with peace between men and nations. 
May we so live our lives, so lead our people, so guide our Nation that we 
may build on earth a better and a brighter brotherhood, in the spirit of 
Him who taught us to pray: 

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom 
come, Thy will be done on earth as it ts in heaven. Give us this day our datly 
bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against 
us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is 
the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. 


TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 1968 


Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy glorious 
spirit—Psalm 51: 12. 


O Gop anp FATHER OF US ALL, whose goodness never fails and whose love 
never fades, as we bow before Thee in this quiet moment, we pray that Thou 
wilt fill us with Thy spirit that we may be made ready with steady faith 
and steadfast love to face the shifting scenes of our modern day. In the dis- 


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charge of our duties, enable us to be confident and courageous, keeping our 
trust in Thee, our concern for the welfare of our country, and our belief in 
good will among the children of men. 

Make us ever loyal to the royal in life everywhere and send us out along 
the high road of creative adventure and constructive activity which will 
open the way for men and nations to live together in peace. In the Master’s 
name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 1968 
Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.—Psalm 34: 14. 


O Tuov erernaL FATHER OF OUR SPIRITS, whose creative spirit is ever 
summoning us to new frontiers of thought and action—we pause in Thy 
presence to offer unto Thee the devotion of our hearts as we seek for peace 
in our world and for good will within our Nation. 

We pray that we with all the people of our land may be open to the 
leadership of Thy spirit. As man by his scientific inventions has made the 
world a neighborhood, grant that by his spiritual cooperation he may 
make the world a brotherhood. 

May fear, suspicion, and ill will pass away from the hearts of men. 
May strife between Thy children cease, may social justice and international 
friendship be established, the oppressed be liberated, the downtrodden 
be uplifted, and upon those who sit in darkness may Thy light shine. 

Give us grace to keep Thy commandments. Make us gentle and honest, 
men and women of sound understanding and genuine sympathy, and may 
we be ready to make sacrifices for peace as readily as we make sacrifices for 
war. So may Thy kingdom come and Thy will be done in us and in all men, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 1968 


Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks for this 
is the will of God for you.—I Thessalonians 5: 16, 17, 18. 


Erernar Gop, ouR FaTHER, in the quiet of this moment we would climb 
the stairway of prayer that leads to the Upper Room where we may realize 
anew Thy divine presence. Thou art our refuge and strength and in every 
hour of trouble Thou art our ever-present help. 

As we pray, do Thou light the lamps of faith and hope and love in our 
hearts that we may see our way more clearly through the tangled trails 
and maddening maze of our modern day. Guide our feet in the way we 
should go that we may walk uprightly without anxious fear and with 


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abiding faith. Keep our minds clear, our hearts clean, and our hands clever 
that our service to the Nation may be constructive and our leadership 
creative. 

By the power of Thy spirit alive within us may we exercise our faith, 
expand our sympathy, and extend our horizons. Through all of life make 
us mindful of Thy presence which goes with us always and all the way. 
In Thy name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 1968 


Let the word of God dwell in you richly with all wisdom.—Colossians 
3: 16. 


A.umcuty Gop, in whose presence our anxious spirits are quieted, our 
tense minds become rested, and our worried souls find peace, we wait upon 
Thee in this moment of prayer, seeking a renewal of our strength, a restora- 
tion of our patience, and a reawakening of our faith. 

In this time of trial and trouble, during these days of distress and dis- 
appointment, through these periods of stress and strain, we need the guid- 
ance of Thy spirit and the power of Thy presence. Give them to us as 
we pray that we may lead our people and our Nation into the paths of 
peace with liberty and justice for all. 

Bless all the men and women who work under the dome of this Capitol. 
May Thy spirit dwell richly in their hearts as they carry their responsibilities, 
do their duties, and direct the affairs of our beloved land. With the faith 
of our Founding Fathers may we fly the flag of freedom forever and 
forever and forever. Amen. 


THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 1968 


Thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord, thy God, to walk in 
His ways and to fear Him.—Deuteronomy 8: 6. 


O Lorp, Our Gop, Ruler of nations and the Father of men, we come 
together in this opening moment to unite our hearts in prayer unto Thee. 

Continue to look with Thy favor upon us and upon our Republic. We 
have become great among the nations of the world and we pray that Thou 
wilt keep us great—in faith, in fellowship, and in the fruits of our democratic 
life. Help us to remember that this greatness comes from Thee and that 
we are to use it in Thy service and for the good of our fellow man. 

Save us from pride and prejudice, from superficiality and superciliousness. 
Make us ever mindful of the needs of others and keep us resolute in our 


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determination to promote good will among all, to produce justice for all, 
and to proclaim freedom to all in our world. In the Master’s name we 


pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 1968 
You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.—John 8: 32. 


Aumicuty Gop, we pause in Thy presence in the midst of these trying 
times, lifting our spirits unto Thee unto whom all hearts are open, all 
desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid. Teach us to pray that Thy 
spirit may increasingly be a reality in our hearts and, becoming real, hold 
us steady and keep us steadfast that we may not act hastily without facts 
but hopefully with faith. 

We are distressed by the difficulties we are facing, weighed down by 
worry, burdened by bitterness, and disturbed by doubt. Help us to be crea- 
tively concerned and with confident certainty to make decisions wisely for 
our good and for the good of all. 

Give us the strength to carry on, believing that every experience that 
comes our way and every event that takes place in our world we can meet 
and meet with honor to ourselves, to our Nation, and to Thee. In the Master’s 
name we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 1968 
Now the God of peace be with you all—Romans 15: 33. 


Mosr Mercirut Np Gracious Gop, beyond whose love and care we can- 
not drift, in the glory of a new day we come lifting our hearts to Thee as we 
prepare ourselves for the tasks before us. We would be still in Thy presence 
and receive from Thy hand strength for the day, wisdom for these hours, 
and faith for every moment to carry us through with high honor and creative 
courage. 

Amid the crises of these days may we hear Thy voice calling us to be faith- 
ful and true, strong and steady and hearing may we respond with all our 
hearts. 

We pray for our divided world going separate ways to different ends. May 
we not increase division by our dissension but may we seek to enlarge the 
circle of intelligent good will whereby the people of our land and the nations 
of the world can learn the fine art of living together in peace. 

Give to us peace in our time, O Lord. Amen. 


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1968 
With God all things are possible Matthew 19: 26. 


E,rernat Faruer, amid the encircling gloom of our anxious days enter Thou 
our hearts, lift us up, lead us on, light the way, and give us courage to go 
forward with Thee. In this high hour, preserve us, O God, for in Thee do 
we put our trust. 

Hear us as we pray for all those in positions of influence in our Govern- 
ment that they may make wise decisions and choose right paths for our 
Nation. Guide our President, our Speaker, these Representatives of our 
people, and all who work beneath this dome of our national life that in Thy 
strength they may be made strong, with Thy wisdom may they be made wise, 
and by Thy good spirit may they, too, be good. 

Give us the assurance that with Thee all good things are possible, even 
in the tough troubles of these trying times. Help us, O God, help us this 
day and forevermore. 

In the name of the Master of all good workmen we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1968 


The Lord is gracious and full of compassion; slow to anger and of great 
mercy.—Psalm 145: 8. 


O Lorp, ouR HEAVENLY FaTHEr, by whose mercy we have come to the be- 
ginning of another week, grant that we may enter it with humble and con- 
trite hearts. Confirm our purpose to walk more sincerely in Thy way and to 
work more surely in Thy service. 

Let not the mistakes of the past master us but forgive and set us free. Lead 
us into a closer companionship with Thee that we may continue to walk in 
the ways of honesty, truth, and good will. Give us the confidence that 
strengthens, the faith that breeds courage, and the integrity of mind that 
holds us steady amid the pressures of this time. 

Lay Thy hand in blessing upon each one of us. Make us worthy of this 
day, adequate for our tasks, and ready to lead our Nation into the paths 
of peace. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1968 
Cast thy burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain thee.—Psalm 55: 22. 


Aumicuty AND EVERLIVING Gon, source of all true wisdom and the fountain 
of flowing love, in the quiet of this moment we pledge our lives anew to Thee 
and to the cause of freedom in our world. 


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Help us to overcome the tyrannical spirit which oppresses free men, op- 
poses free nations, and would enslave the world. 

Grant unto us and to free men everywhere the common faith that promotes 
justice by all, produces understanding among all, provides equality of oppor- 
tunity for all, and proclaims the fruits of freedom to all. 

Strengthen us that with humble spirit and honorable service we may keep 
our Nation strong in her devotion to Thee, wise in her relationship with other 
nations, and great in her desire for peace. 

In the spirit of the Master we offer this our morning prayer. Amen. 


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1968 


Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and 
peace shall be with you.—II Corinthians 13: 11. 


Evrernat FATHER, strong to save and eager to help, who art always speak- 
ing to man and revealing Thy way to him, speak Thou to us this moment 
and make known Thy will as we pray that Thy spirit may live in our hearts. 

Make us great in our devotion to truth, gallant in our desire for honor, 
gentle in our dedication to good will, and genuine in our decision to seek 
peace and to pursue it until we possess it. 

Bless these leaders of our Nation that they may walk with Thee as they 
make decisions looking forward to a better day. Strengthen our people that 
with genuine faith, humble spirit, and patriotic fervor they may find them- 
selves by doing Thy will, and by living together in peace, usher in a new day 
of peace for our world. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1968 
They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing—Psalm 34: 10. 


O Tuov in wHosE PRESENCE OUR HEADS BOW AND OUR HEARTS ARE OPEN, 
we thank Thee for our country—for her glorious past, her glowing present, 
and her growing future. Help us to see that the greatness of our Nation does 
not depend on wealth or fame or success but upon character rooted in 
honesty, faith, and good will between men and nations. 

In this sacred moment we remember again our beloved Emancipator. 
May his words ring out anew in our day—‘“with malice toward none, with 
charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the 
right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the Nation’s 
wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his 
widow and his children—to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and a 
lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.’ Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1968 


I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.— 
Psalm 121: 1. 


© Heaventy FaTuHer, who are the source of truth and the giver of 
all good, lead us to the hills from whence cometh our help and where 
in steadiness of thought and stability of feeling we may be secure in mind 
and heart. 

In these moments of prayer help us to receive Thy spirit that the life of 
this day may be different and this difference make a difference in the day 
for us. 

Strengthen Thou our faith, increase our courage, and stimulate our 
high endeavors that we may never lose heart in the struggle for the reign 
of democracy and the right of people to determine their own destiny. 
In the spirit of Him who never lost faith we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1968 
Preserve me, O God, for in Thee dol put my trust.—Psalm 16: 1. 


Gop or our FATHERS WHOSE ALMIGHTY HAND HAS LED US IN THE PAST 
AND WHOSE CREATIVE SPIRIT IS SEEKING TO LEAD US IN THE PRESENT, 
be Thou our guardian and our guide in this hour of our national need. 

Give to these leaders of our Nation and to the citizens of our land the 
faith, the hope, and the love which seeks to give rather than to get and 
standing up persists in doing something for our country rather than sitting 
down insists upon our country doing something for them. 

We remember with humble pride the devotion of our first President whose 
name shines like a star in the firmament of freedom. May his courage in 
times of crises, his fidelity in periods of adversity, and his faith which sent 
him to his knees in prayer be ours as we face the hard facts of this hectic day. 
May the memory of his life and the consciousness of Thy presence strengthen 
our people and enable them to live in the spirit of good will and to labor 
for the good of these United States of America. In the Master’s name, 
we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1968 


The hand of our God is upon all of them for good that seek Him.—Ezra 
U322: 


Forernan Gop, our FaTHER, we, Thy humble servants, bow before Thee at 
the altar of prayer. As we remember Thine unfailing goodness which has 


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attended us all our days, we pray for Thy good spirit to move within our 
hearts as we start our deliberations this day. 

We acknowledge our shortcomings, our selfishness and our sins. Forgive us, 
we pray Thee, when we fall short of Thy will for us and Thy way for our 
Nation. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Thy holy 
spirit that we may think better, speak better, and do better than ever before. 

We pray for those in positions of influence in our Nation that they may lead 
our people in right and just paths. Lay Thy hand in blessing upon our Pres- 
ident, our Speaker, the Members of this body, and all who labor with them. 
Give them the assurance that with Thee great things are possible. Thus may 
our faith be renewed, our hope restored, and good will revived in all our 
hearts. In the name of Him who went about doing good we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1968 


Lord, teach us to pray—Luke 11: 1. 


Lorp, what a change within us one short hour 

Spent in Thy presence will avail to make! 

What heavy burdens from our bosoms take, 

What parched grounds refresh, as with a shower! 

We kneel, and all around us seems to lower; 

We rise, and all the distant and the near 

Stands forth in sunny outline, brave and clear! 

We kneel, how weak! We rise, how full of power! 

Why, therefore, should we do ourselves this wrong, 

Or others, that we are not always strong; 

That we are ever overborne with care; 

That we should ever weak or heartless be, 

Anxious or troubled when with us is prayer, 

And joy and strength and courage are with Thee. 

Amen. 

—ARCHBISHOP TRENCH. 


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 1968 


Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might —Ephesians 6: 10. 


Goo or crace AND Gop oF GLory, on Thy people pour Thy power and as 
we wait upon Thee at this noontide moment of prayer may the power of Thy 
presence permeate our hearts. 


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When doubts disturb us, and worries weaken us, and frustrations follow 
us be Thou our guiding light that we may see that the way of truth is the 
way of wisdom, the path of honesty is the path of honor, and the road of 
faithfulness is the road of faith. 

Call us to commanding convictions, refresh us with Thy renewing spirit, 
strengthen us with Thy steadfast presence so essential to worthy tasks worthily 
accepted. By Thy spirit make us courteous in our conversations, friendly in 
our relationships, ready to serve our country with all our hearts, and to truly 
represent those who have sent us here. 

Bless our Nation with Thy favor, make wars to cease and cause peace to 
come to our world. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, MARCH 4, 1968 


Happy is the man that findeth wisdom and the man that getteth un- 
derstanding.—Proverbs 3: 13. 


Aumicury Gop, Our FaTuer, who hast made us for Thyself so that our 
hearts are restless until they find rest in Thee, lead us into the green pastures 
of Thy presence and beside the still waters of Thy patience, that our strength 
may be renewed, our spirit restored, and refreshment for daily tasks be 
given us. 

Grant unto us wisdom for the facing of this hour and courage for the 
living of these days. Make us equal to the challenge of this time and more 
than a match for the modern mood which would motivate our movements. 

Keep our faith steady, our hope stable, and our good will strong that 
we may be the instruments of Thy will in leading our Nation to a higher 
plane of unity with liberty and justice for all. 

In the name of Him whose truth sets man free we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 1968 


He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his 
spirit than he who takes a city.—Proverbs 16:32. 


Aumicuty Gop, Our Heaventy FaTuer, before whom we bow in adora- 
tion and unto whom we lift our hearts in prayer, help us to improve our self- 
mastery that we may do our duties and respond to our responsibilities with 
a confident courage and a high-hearted happiness. 

May we feel Thy guiding hand through all the scattered details of our 
daily life and in the trouble of this hour may we hear Thy still small voice 
and feel underneath us Thine everlasting arms holding us steady, keeping 
us strong, and leading us in the way we should go. 


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Bless all efforts to remove violence and to reduce discord and prosper 
all endeavor to redouble our good will and to reaffirm our faith in Thee 
and in our country. 

In the name of Him who is the way, the truth, and the life we pray. 
Amen. 


THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 1968 


Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong—lI 
Corinthians 16: 13. 


Gon or THE AGEs, everywhere present, everywhere available, and every- 
where seeking to enter the heart of man to strengthen him and to sustain 
him, be Thou with us this day and reveal Thy way to our waiting hearts. 
Make us so conscious of Thy presence and so receptive to the leading of 
Thy spirit that we shall be directed into right paths, make wise decisions, and 
formulate great plans for the welfare of all our people and the well- 
being of our world. 

With patience and perseverance may we meet the problems that con- 
front us and the conflicts that rage about us. Together may we stand firm 
in our faith, be strong, and do all things in love. 

We remember before Thee one of our leaders who has entered his eternal 
home. We thank Thee for him and for the contribution he made to our 
country and to our lives. Receive him into the glory of Thy presence, 
comfort his family, and make us all aware of the fact that in life and 
in death Thou art with us. In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, MARCH 11, 1968 
What is impossible with men is possible with God —Luke 18: 27. 


O Gon or ure AND LOVE, by whose creative spirit we have the gift of a 
new day and in whose sustaining presence we are given strength for these 
hectic hours, we pause in silence before Thee ere the pressure of persistent 
duties lays its demanding hands upon us. 

We would yield our lives to Thee and go forth into the day strengthened 
with Thine unfailing spirit in our hearts and sustained by an unfaltering 
trust in the wisdom of Thy way. In these troubled and trying times give 
us the courage that never fails, the faith that never falters, and the hope 
that never fades. 

Upon our President, our Speaker, the Members of this body, the leaders 
of our Armed Forces, upon all who make decisions which determine our 
destiny grant wisdom that they may be wise, strength that they may be 


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made strong, and love that they may be filled with good will. Together may 
we meet the issues of these days with honor to ourselves, to our Nation, and to 
Thee. 

In the name of Him who went about doing good we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, MARCH, 12, 1968 


The Lord is good to all; and His tender mercies are over all His works.— 
Psalm 145: 9. 


Aumicuty Gop, MAKER AND RULER OF THE WORLD, Father of men and the 
source of all goodness and beauty, all truth and love, to Thee we turn for 
quiet from the noise of the world and for peace from the turmoil that rages 
about us. 

Help us this day to accept our privileges with gratitude, our troubles with 
fortitude, and our responsibilities with fidelity. Deliver us from petty annoy- 
ances which disturb us and from petulant irritations which upset us. 

Make us gloriously equal to our experiences and truly adequate for the 
task at hand to keep freedom for all, justice for all, and good will for all alive 
in our Nation and in our world. 

In the name of Him who keeps men free and just and good, we pray. 
Amen. 


MONDAY, MARCH, 18, 1968 


Let us search and try our ways, and turn again unto the Lord.—Lamenta- 
tions 3: 40. 


O Gop, Our FaTHer, as we seek to find our way through these distressing 
days make us mindful of Thy presence, eager to do Thy will, and ready 
to carry our responsibilities with honor to ourselves, to our country, and to 
Thee. 

Give us clarity of vision to see what we ought to do, the courage to do it, 
and the faith to keep us firm amid the frustrations of these fateful days. 

Bless our President, our Speaker, the Members of this body, and all who 
work for them and with them. May they be strengthened with lofty prin- 
ciples and sustained by living purposes as they seek to do their duties and 
to discharge their obligations with fidelity. Together may we commit our- 
selves to Thee and to the building of a stronger nation and a better world. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 1968 


In the day when I cried to Thee, Thou didst answer me and didst increase 
the strength of my soul.—Psalm 138: 3. 


Evrernat Gop, Our Fatuer, who art the God and Father of us all, grant 
that by the tides of Thy spirit we may be lifted into the blessed assurance 
that Thou art with us, that Thy grace is sufficient for every need and that 
by Thy living presence in our hearts we may meet our responsibilities with 
patience, manage our moods with creative faith, and master our temptations 
with confident strength. 

Make us ever sensitive to the needs of our people and ready to dedicate 
ourselves to worthy endeavors that minister to the welfare of our Nation. 

Bless those who struggle for freedom across our world. Crown their 
efforts with resounding success that all men everywhere may ultimately 
be free. 

In the spirit of Him who sets men free we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 1968 


He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increas- 
eth strength.—Isaiah 40: 29. 


Evernan Gop, Our FaTHEr, in whose presence our restless spirits are 
stilled and our hungry hearts find the food that nourishes and quickens 
our understanding, increase our faith and stimulate our high resolves to 
walk in the way of Thy commandments, to abide in Thy love, and to 
serve our country with all our might. 

Grant unto us an inner greatness of spirit that we may meet the chal- 
lenge of this day unashamed and unafraid. Though the earth be moved, the 
waters roar, and the mountains shake may we find our refuge and our 
strength in Thee. 

In the name of Him who was forever faithful to Thee we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 1968 


I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him 
will I trust —Psalm 91: 2. 


O Gop, Our FaTHER, we come to Thee with joyful hearts and reverent 
minds realizing that this is a great time in which to be alive. By Thy spirit do 
Thou help us to live with high hopes, fruitful faith, and glorious goals that 
we may move onward and forward to a greater nation and a better world. 


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Strengthen our faith in Thee that when differences come we shall not fail, 
when difficulties burst upon us we shall not falter, and when diffidences roll 
over us we shall not allow ourselves to give way to frustration or give up 
to futility. Let us say and believe Thou art our refuge and strength, in Thee 
will we trust. 

Help us to have the courage to stand up for the rights of all men, for the 
freedom of all men, and for the good of all men. May we so think and speak 
and act that Thy blessing may be upon us this day and all our days. 

In the name of Christ we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 1968 


Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out 
of the mouth of God—Matthew 4: 4. 


Aumicuty Gop, our Heavenly Father, make us conscious of Thy presence 
as we enter upon the work of another day that we, the Members of this body, 
shall be led in the ways of righteousness and justice and good will. May what 
we do be in accordance with Thy holy will and for the welfare of our Nation. 

We pray that the dignity of the laws of our land may be respected by all 
our people, upheld by all our citizens, and obeyed by every individual. Only 
so can life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness be secure in these United 
States of America. 

Above the din of discordant voices may we take time to listen to Thy voice, 
and hearing, give heed to it, remembering that man does not live by bread 
alone but by every word that proceedeth out of Thy mouth. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 1968 
Unto Thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.—Psalm 25: 1. 


O Gop, Our FATHER, to whom we belong and with whom we live, we come 
to Thee in this our morning prayer seeking a fresh consciousness of the reality 
of Thy presence. Help us to know that Thou art with us and that Thou 
art always with us seeking to guide us along the ways of righteousness, justice, 
and peace. If some of us have been disturbed by doubt, hurt by hate, or 
maligned by malice until life has been drained of its worth—restore to us 
such a vision of Thee and of the truth about life that we may believe trium- 
phantly once again. 

For our Nation we pray that it may not miss the true and right path 
amid the world’s confusion. Bless all efforts to create and maintain an 
ordered and a peaceful human family on this planet. Particularly do Thou 
bless the effort now put forth to bring peace in Vietnam. We pray for our 


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President, our Speaker, and the Members of this House of Representatives. 
In all truth and in all good will steady Thou their faith that life for them 
may not be a drifting raft but a ship with a course. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 1968 


All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep His 
covenant and His testimonies.—Psalm 25: 10. 


Evernat Gop, Our FATHER, who art the creator and the sustainer of life, 
without whose benediction all our labor is in vain, we pray that our lives 
and the life of our Nation may be built upon the rock of eternal truth 
and everlasting love so we would dedicate ourselves anew to Thee in body, 
in mind, and in spirit. Satisfy us with nothing but the best in thought and 
life and keep us restless until we find our rest in Thee. 

We thank Thee for our country, for our glorious heritage, for this chal- 
lenging hour, and for the faith with which we greet the coming day. Lay 
Thou Thy hand in blessing upon all our leaders and all our people. Teach 
us to look unto Thee as the fountain of all wisdom and the source of all 
strength. May Thy mighty spirit surge through us and our people trans- 
lating our lofty principles into living practices and our good words into 
good works. 

All this we ask in the name of Him whose words were life and whose life 
was altogether worthy. Amen. 


MONDAY, APRIL 8, 1968 


Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will 
fear no evil: for Thou art with me—Psalm 23: 4. 


Aumicuty Gop, FATHER OF ALL MEN, stunned by the suddenness of tragedy 
and shocked by the fury of violence, we turn to Thee for help in this hour 
of our national need. May the spirit of wisdom guide us, the grace of under- 
standing lead us, and the love of compassion direct us that we may find our 
way to the promised land of freedom for all, justice for all, peace for all, and 
finding the way give us courage to walk in it. 

We pray that the comfort of Thy spirit may abide in the hearts of those 
who walk through the valley of the shadow of death. May Thy presence make 
them strong, give them courage, and hold them steadfast to good will even in 
the midst of ill will. 


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“Cure Thy children’s warring madness, 
Bend our pride to Thy control ; 
Shame our wanton, selfish gladness, 
Rich in things and poor in soul, 
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage 
That we fail not man nor Thee.” 
Amen. 


TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 1968 


The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusteth in Him and I am 
helped.—Psalm 28: 7. 


Evrernat FATHER OF OUR spirits, whose still small voice calls us to turn 
away from the foolish and feverish ways of a wayward and a worried world, 
help us to draw near to Thee in all humility of mind and with all reverence 
of heart. With the power of Thy spirit alive within us may we face the duties 
of this day with clear minds and clean hearts, without pretense and prejudice, 
in the assurance that the best service we can render our country in these 
trying times is based on understanding, truth, and love. 

Standing in the tradition of our Nation with our faith in freedom for all, 
may be become united in purpose and strong in spirit as we face this day 
when plots are made to destroy our birthright by a revolt against the laws of 
our land and by a rebellion against the kingly virtue of nonviolence. 

May we lay aside partisan allegiances that with a deeper loyalty to our 
country, a broader love for our fellow man, and a greater faith in Thee we 
may go forth to battle for the good of all Thy children. 

In the name of Him who made goodness His aim in life we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, APRIL 22, 1968 


Teach me to do Thy will; for Thou art my God: Thy spirit is good; 
lead me into the land of uprightness—Psalm 143: 10. 


A ticuty AND ETERNAL Gop, we thank Thee for the lovely evidences of 
spring, for the beauty which surrounds us, for the glory which shines 
above us, and for the love which from our birth over and around us lies. 
Lord of all, to Thee we raise this our prayer of grateful praise. 

Let us not set out on any endeavor this day which is not in accord with 
Thy will for us, for our Nation, and for our world. Take us by the hand 
and lead us, illumine our minds and direct our thinking, strengthen our 
spirits and give us the courage of creative convictions that our thoughts, 
our words, and our actions may be worthy of Thy blessing. 

Bless our President, our Speaker, these Representatives of our people, 
and all who work under the dome of this beloved Capitol. God bless us 


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everyone and help us to continue to labor earnestly and enthusiastically for 
the welfare of our country and the well-being of mankind. In the Master’s 
name we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 1968 


Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy 
people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the Lord.— 
Leviticus 19: 18. 


O Tuov wuose wit ir Is THAT WE DO JUSTLY, LOVE MERCY, AND WALK 
HUMBLY WITH THEE—forgive our wayward ways, our foolish flings, and our 
majoring in minors while the world burns around us. 

Remove from our national life the spirit of discord and suspicion and 
ill will. Let our criticism of other people be as kindly as our criticism of 
ourselves and our relationship to others be as good as our relationship to 
ourselves, lest bitterness blight our lives and in our hatred we destroy our- 
selves. Lead us in the paths of unity and peace and accord for Thy name’s 
sake and for the welfare of our country. Amen. 


THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 1968 


If ye continue in My word, ye shall know the truth and the truth shall 
make you free-—John 8: 31, 32. 


O Gop, Our FATHER, AND OUR FATHER’S Gop, in this land of liberty we 
sing and pray and live. Make us ever mindful of the cost of freedom to 
preceding generations and may we be ready to pay the price to keep freedom 
alive in our own day. Help us so to live in its spirit that all men everywhere 
may see it, and seeing it seek it, and seeking it secure it, for their own good 
and for the good of all. 

Keep Thou the love of liberty glowing in our hearts and the faith in free- 
dom growing in our homes—so shall we continue to be free and so shall 
the flag of freedom fly forever over the fortress of faith our forefathers 
founded on these shores. 

In the name of Him whose truth keeps men free we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, APRIL 29, 1968 


It is for you now to demonstrate the goodness of Him who has called you 
out of darkness into His wonderful light—I Peter 2: 9 (Phillips) . 


O THOU WHOSE STRENGTH SUSTAINS US IN OUR WEAKNESS AND WHOSE 
HAND UPHOLDS US WHEN WE WOULD GIVE WAY TO DISCOURAGEMENT, 


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grant unto us, who wait before Thee, confidence that in the face of trouble we 
may believe in the triumph of truth, in spite of our shortcomings we may 
have faith in Thy forgiving love, in moments when moral choices must be 
made we may walk the narrow way of an integrity of mind and heart, and 
thus be loyal] to the royal within ourselves. 

Make us creative enough that our actions will not burden the generations 
to come; make us courageous enough that we may vote for what we honestly 
believe, though the cost may be great; make us conservative enough that we 
may not squander the taxes of our people and liberal enough that we may 
have an active concern for the welfare of all. 

Thus may we be led out of the darkness of our day into the light of a new 
life where men shall learn to live together in peace and good will. Amen. 


TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 1968 


The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His 
handiwork.—Psalm 19: 1. 


Aumicuty Gop, Our HEAVENLY FATHER, who declarest Thy glory in the 
heavens and who dost reveal Thyself in Thy word, deliver us as we draw 
near to Thee from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind that with 
steadfast thoughts and kindled affections we may worship Thee in spirit 
and in truth. 

Bless these servants of our people as they give themselves in service to our 
fellow men. Grant unto them clear vision to see what is amiss in our society, 
creative wisdom to work at meeting the needs of our Nation, courageous 
spirit to do something about it, building self-respect and cultivating good 
will among the citizens of our country. 

May Thy holy spirit move in the heart of our President, our Speaker, and 
all Members of Congress. Give to them wisdom to know Thy will and the 
strength to do it. So rule their hearts and so reign in their minds that law 
and order, justice and peace may prevail everywhere, to the glory of Thy 
name and the good of our beloved land. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 1968 


And this commandment we have from Him, that he who loveth God 
love his brother also—I John 4: 21. 


O Gop, who art the creator and sustainer of mankind and the Father of 
all men, we pray that Thou wilt make Thy will known to us as we bow 
in this circle of prayer. May we be so governed by Thy good spirit and so 
guided by Thy gracious purpose that we may be led into the way of truth, 


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along the path of peace, up the road of righteousness, and down the high- 
way of good will to men. 

Remove the walls which separate our people and break down the bar- 
riers which partition one life from another, one group from another, one 
race from another. Purge our cities and towns of the causes of corruption 
and the vice of violence. By Thy grace help us to live in a new unity of 
spirit, with a new bond of peace, by a new righteousness of life, and for a 
new spirit of good will. 

We commend to Thy fatherly care our beloved Nation, our leaders, and 
our people. Help us all to labor earnestly for the freedom, the rights, and 
the good of all our citizens. 

In the name of Him who calls upon us to love one another we pray. 
Amen. 


MONDAY, MAY 6, 1968 


On the lips of him who has understanding wisdom is found.—Proverbs 
10% 13. 


O Tuovu wHosE STRENGTH SUSTAINS US IN OUR LABOR AND WHOSE SPIRIT 
SUPPORTS US IN OUR LEISURE, grant unto us the consciousness of Thy pres- 
ence as we face this day that our work may not be a burden but a delight, our 
rest not be troubled by fear but filled with faith, and our lives not be haunted 
by the bitter acts of others but hallowed by the brighter attitudes of our own. 

Give us the faith that never falters, the hope that never fails, and the love 
which never falls by the way as we live through these troubled times. May our 
concern for our country help us to lift the fallen, strengthen the weak, and 
sustain the weary that we may hasten the dawn of a new day for our people 
and for all mankind. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, MAY 7, 1968 


The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; in Him will I trust.— 
II Samuel 22: 2, 3. 


O Gop, Our FATHER, who art in heaven, in the earth, and in all the world, 
we pray humbly and hopefully for ourselves and for our country that we and 
our people may face the tumult of these trying times with the strength of 
moral character and the courage of creative convictions. 

We are grateful for the lives of men and women in the past who have given 
themselves that ours should be a free nation. Make us worthy of their devo- 
tion and give us the confidence that we may continue to be free under law, 
seeking the good of all and striving to be just to all. 


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Help us to think clearly, to make decisions wisely, and to have the wisdom 
to choose the hard right over the easy wrong and to walk along the high 
road of princely principles rather than travel the low road of petty prejudices. 
Above all may we put our trust in Thee now and evermore. Amen. 


FRIDAY, MAY 10, 1968 


Give to Thy servants understanding hearts to judge Thy people and to 
discern between good and evil._—I Kings 3: 9. 


O Gop anp FATHER oF US ALL, whose love never lets us go and whose 
strength never lets us down, in the midst of these difficult days we pause in 
Thy presence to pray for the citizens of our country and for the people on 
our planet. Particularly do we pray for those who sit around the table and 
begin seeking and striving for an end of hostilities in Vietnam. 

May they bring to this confrontation courageous spirits, may they be 
made wise with Thy wisdom, may they be blest with understanding minds 
and hearts that through negotiation they may find their way to an enduring 
peace with justice for all, with freedom to all, and with good will among all. 
Crown their efforts, we pray Thee, with real success. 

Grant unto each one of us a compassion which includes all men in the 
circle of our concern as we continue to live for the glory of our Nation and 
to labor for the good of all mankind. 

In the name of the Prince of Peace we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, MAY 13, 1968 


If God be for us, who can be against us?—Romans 8: 31. 


O Gop, Our FATHER, we come together at this moment to unite our hearts 
in prayer unto Thee. Keep us aware of Thy presence and make us recep- 
tive to the leading of Thy spirit as we live through the stress and strain of 
these difficult days. 

Since no man lives a stranger to trouble, grant that we may not give up 
before the hazards of life but may live with that hope which belongs to those 
who trust in Thee, confident that new paths will open to those who walk 
with faith. 

In this day when people knock at the door of our hearts and call us to lead 
the way to a greater life together may we place the weight of our influence 
on the side of life and health and brotherhood—through Him who is the 
way, the truth, and the life. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 1968 


It is God who is at work within you, giving you the will and the power to 
achieve His purpose Philippians 2: 13 (Phillips). 


Our FATHER IN Heaven, we thank Thee for this sacred minute when we 
unite our hearts in prayer unto Thee, when for a moment we pause in Thy 
presence seeking guidance and strength from Thy hand. 

Let not the beauty of the earth, nor the glory of the skies, nor the love 
which surrounds us daily blind us to the needs of the needy and the poverty 
of the poor. Make us so dissatisfied with large professions and little practices, 
with fine words and feeble works, with smiling faces and sour faiths that we 
will pray earnestly for the renewal of a right and a good spirit within us. 

Speak Thou to us, O Lord, and may we hear Thy voice, and hearing it 
harken to it, and harkening to it heed it, for the glory of Thy name, the good 
of our Nation, and the greatness of this House of Representatives. In the 
Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, MAY 16, 1968 


We know. that in everything God works for good with those who love 
him.—Romans 8: 28. 


Evrernat Spirr oF Gop, the light of the minds that seek Thee, the life of 
the spirits that find Thee, and the love of the souls that serve Thee, grant 
unto us a renewal of heart as we wait upon Thee in this our morning prayer. 
By Thy spirit make us ready for the responsibilities of this day, equal to every 
experience and adequate to serve the present age. 

The world around us is full of the rumblings of discontent and disturb- 
ances which breed disorder. In these hours help us to keep our faith, that 
strong in Thee we may face these facts courageously and confidently, ever 
seeking liberty and justice and peace for all. 

Bless our land with Thy favor and strengthen us to walk in the way of 
Thy commandments: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


TUESDAY, MAY 21, 1968 
And thou shalt be called the prophet of the Most High to give light to 
those who sit in darkness and to guide our feet into the way of peace.—Luke 


1: 76, 79. 


Our FATHER, at the gate of a new day we bow in silence before Thee, pray- 
ing for a renewal of our spirits as we face these times which try our souls, 


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cause us to lose patience with each other, and make us impatient with our- 
selves. 

That we may be at our best and do our very best for Thee and for our 
country, grant unto us the courage of a humble mind, the creative faith of 
a high hope, and the confident peace of a heart stayed on Thee. 

By the power of Thy spirit may we maintain our integrity, be motivated by 
justice, and move resolutely in the direction of peace on earth and good will 
to men. Bless Thou the peacemakers and may the peace made be just and en- 
during and for the good of all. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 1968 


Cast all your cares upon God, for He cares for you.—I Peter 5: 7. 


O Gop, Our FATHER, whose grace is sufficient for every need and whose 
spirit makes us adequate for every worthy endeavor, we take this time to 
lift the windows of faith, to open the doors of hope, and to part the curtains 
of love that the greatness of Thy truth and the wisdom of Thy way may be 
made known to us. In Thy light may we see the way clearly and by Thee be 
given courage to walk in it this day and all our days. 

Bless our men and women over the world who live and fight and work for 
freedom. As free men and as good men may we make our Nation Thy chan- 
nel for the light of liberty to shine upon the people on this planet. 


“Unite us in the sacred love 
Of knowledge, truth and Thee; 
And let our hills and valleys shout 
The songs of liberty. 
“Lord of the nations thus to Thee 
Our country we commend ; 
Be Thou her refuge and her trust, 
Her everlasting friend.” 


Amen. 


THURSDAY, MAY 23, 1968 


The God of peace be with you all.—Romans 15: 33. 


Evrernat Gop, Our Fatuer, before whom we bow in adoration and unto 
whom we lift our spirits in prayer, come Thou into our hearts that moti- 
vated by Thy grace and moved by Thy love we may widen our sympathies, 
deepen our devotion and increase our faith in Thee and in our country. 


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By working together with Thee may we hasten the production of peace on 
our planet and the promotion of good will in the hearts of our people. 
Renew a right and a good and a wise spirit within us, O Lord, that we 
may go forward to greater achievements under Thy leadership, supported 
by Thy strength and sustained by Thy spirit. May peace and good will 
come to reign in every heart. 
In the name of the Prince of Peace we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 1968 


The righteous shall be held in everlasting remembrance.—Psalm 112: 6. 


Gop OF ALL THE AGES, our fathers’ God and our God, we thank Thee that 
our forefathers founded on these shores a free nation, dedicated to life, 
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all, and we are grateful that our 
fathers continued this heritage that a government of the people, by the 
people, and for the people would not perish from the earth. 

Grant, our Father, as we come to another Memorial Day, to remember 
that there are those who gave their lives that we may be free and there 
are those even now who are giving their lives that freedom can be ours. 

We may weep over the graves of our beloved, but may there be no tears 
of bitterness, nor resentment, nor ill will, but only sorrow that so great a 
price has to be paid that men continue to be free. 

Help us so to live and so to love our country that our flag may fly over a 
united nation, one flag, one faith, one folk, one fellowship of good will and 
to Thee be the glory now and forevermore. Amen. 


MONDAY, JUNE 3, 1968 


My Father worketh hitherto and I work.—John 5: 17. 


Oor Heaventy FATHER, returning from the memorial recess we come 
again to face the unending struggle to preserve and promote the freedom 
which is the fruit of the faith of our fathers and which, we pray, will always 
be our faith. 

As we share our lives in the creative endeavor to keep our country great 
in peace, great in war, and great in the hearts of our countrymen, may we 
labor diligently using all our hearts, all our heads, and all our hands. To 
this end strengthen Thou our hands, make serene our hearts, and put wise 
thoughts in our heads that our work may be well done and we may continue 
to be workers with Thee for good in Thy world. 


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O Thou who dost the vision send 
And givest each his task, 
And with the task sufficient strength; 
Show us Thy will, we ask; 
Give us a conscience bold and good; 
Give us a purpose true, 
That it may be our highest joy, 
Our Father’s work to do. 
Amen. 


TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 1968 


Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit ye like me, be strong—I Corin- 
thians 16; 13. 


O THOU WHOSE LIGHT FOLLOWS US ALL OUR WAYS, amid the tumult of 
these trying times we bow a moment at the altar of faith and freedom to 
listen to Thy still, small voice which speaks forever to our human hearts. 

Give to us a real consciousness of Thy presence as we live through these 
hours that in doing Thy will, in serving our country, and in ministering to 
our people we may have abounding courage, abundant wisdom, and abiding 
faith. 

Upon all Members of Congress who carry heavy burdens through these 
decisive and disturbing days grant a double measure of Thy strengthening 
spirit. As we determine our decisions and as we make our moves may we 
keep our minds clear and our hearts clean. By the power of Thy spirit may 
we meet great needs with great deeds, and match lofty professions with 
lively practices. Thus may we march forward to a better city, a better nation, 
and a better world. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, JUNE 10, 1968 


Blessed be God, the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our afflic- 
tion.—II Corinthians 1: 3, 4. 


O Gop, from whom we come and unto whom our spirits return, Thou 
hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Thou art our refuge and 
strength, a very present help in trouble. 

Grant us Thy blessing in this hour as we remember our colleague in Con- 
gress who has gone home to be with Thee. We still stand stunned by the sud- 
denness of it all and our hearts give way to sorrow. Yet in grief Thou art with 
us. Make us conscious of Thy presence and may we and our Nation find our 
security and our strength in Thee. 


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We pray for the family of our beloved Senator, for his wife and children, 
for his mother and father, for his sisters and brother. Comfort their hearts 
with thine indwelling spirit and give them the faith that sees beyond the 
earthly shadows the larger life in Thy living presence. 

For our people we lift our spirits in prayer this sad hour. Together may we 
work to rid our world of war, may we toll at the task of ridding our Nation of 
crime, and may we labor to rid our hearts of ill will. 

We pray for a nation united in purpose and principle, devoted to Thee and 
to Thy will for us, and dedicated to the good of all people and to Thy way 
among men of good will. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 1968 


O Lord, be gracious unto us; we have waited for Thee; be Thou our arm 
every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble. —Isaiah 33: 2. 


Evrernau FATHER OF OUR SPIRITS, who hast created us with minds to seek 
truth, with hearts to feel love, and with wills to choose the right, we bow at 
the altar of Thy presence praying for the establishment of justice and peace 
and good will in our Nation and in our world. 

Breathe into our hearts and into the hearts of our people the generosity 
and the genuineness of great and good living. Save us from unwholesome 
relationships, break down the walls that separate us, and let pettiness pass 
away as the power of Thy love comes to life within us. ; 

We commend our Nation unto Thee. Make us worthy of the sacrifices 
which have been built into the foundation of our Republic. Save us from our 
own folly and from that idolatry which puts another god on the throne of 
our national life. From lawlessness and anarchy and selfishness, O Lord, 
deliver us. May real religion, moral manners, public integrity, and private 
character become the blessing of our country. 

Grant that we enter this day with Thee and may the benediction of Thy 
spirit rest upon us. In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 1968 


We will rejoice in Thy salvation and in the name of our God we will set 
up our banner.—Psalm 20: 5. 


Aumcuty Gop, from whom all thoughts of life and love proceed, kindle 
in our hearts and in the hearts of our people a true love for peace, a sincere 
regard for the laws of our land, and a deep reverence for Thee. 


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Guide with Thy spirit those who lead our Nation in this decisive day. Make 
them wise with Thy wisdom, strong in Thy strength, diligent in duty, loving 
in life, and sincere in spirit. May Thy presence so live in their hearts and in 
the hearts of our countrymen that law and order, justice and peace, may 
everywhere prevail. 

On this day we lift up before our eyes the flag of our beloved country with 
the glorious colors—red, white, and blue. Holding aloft this banner—the 
best hope of freedom in our day—may we go forth devoted to duty, steady in 
spirit, and firmly determined to keep liberty and law alive in our world. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 1968 


As for me, I will walk in mine integrity; redeem me and be merciful unto 
me.—Psalm 26: 11. 


We ruanx Turz, Our Fatuer, for this moment when we unite our 
hearts in prayer and when in all reverence we wait upon Thee, seeking light 
upon our way and life for our day. 

While we are mindful of our material resources may we never foget our 
moral resources without which we cannot truly lead our Nation in the path 
of justice and good will. 

Bless these Representatives of our people with good health. Give to them the 
good sense to maintain it and to stop wearing themselves out by overwork and 
overworry. In their activities keep them from anxiety, in their devotion to 
our country keep them from destroying themselves. As they plan wisely for 
the future may they also pray worthily for the present. Help them to care 
for themselves as much as some of them care for their golf clubs and their 
automobiles. 

This day may we not walk with leaden feet, but with the wings of the 
morning may we soar to the heights in our endeavor to do our best for Thee 
and for our Nation. 

In the name of Him who always walked in integrity we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 1968 
In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.—John 1: 4. 


O T310U WHOSE LAW IS LOVE, whose love is life, and whose life is the 
light of men, gather us who seek Thy face to the fold of Thy embrace for 
Thou art nigh. As we pray and as we work make us ever mindful of Thy 
presence, ever eager to do Thy will, ever enthusiastic about our love for our 


country. 


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In these hours when hatred is hurting the hearts of hordes of our people 
we thank Thee for men and women of good will, who with strength of 
character, sympathetic understanding, and an outreaching concern for the 
welfare of others are seeking to meet the imperative needs of this day. Give 
them and give us the insight that lights the way to brotherhood and with 
it the inspiration that leads us to become the brothers of men. 

Here on this Hill may we continue to work for a time when nation shall 
not lift up sword against nation, when people shall learn to live together 
in peace, and when the spirit of good will will abide in the hearts of all. 

In the name of Him whose life was the light of men, we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 1968 


Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free 
spirit—Psalm 51: 12. 


A ticuty AND MOST MERCIFUL FATHER, ever moving among Thy chil- 
dren and forever seeking entrance into the hearts of men, we pray for the 
world in which we live, a world in which we do not get along together in 
the spirit of brotherhood. Too often persons resort to procedures which pro- 
duce pettiness in people, multiply the miseries of men, and add to the bitter- 
ness which blights the bright hopes of Thy children. Forgive, O Lord, for- 
give and restore unto us the joy of Thy salvation. 

We pray for ourselves in this world that with a new spirit in our hearts, 
a new song on our lips, and a new strength in our hands we may work to- 
gether to lift the fallen, hearten the disheartened, and give faith and hope 
to those whose spirits are low. 

Lift up our heads, O Lord. Better still, lift up our hearts that we, the 
Representatives of our Nation, may lead our people to a better life for all, 
a higher hope for all, and a fuller faith for all. 

In the name of Him who lived His faith to the very end we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, JULY 2, 1968 


God is with you in all that you do.—Genesis 21: 22. 


O Tuov wuo ART THE COMPANION OF OUR WAY AND THE CREATIVE SPIRIT 
EVER ENDEAVORING TO LEAD US TO NEW FRONTIERS OF THOUGHT AND AC- 
TION, at the beginning of a new day we bow before Thee invoking Thy bless- 
ing upon us and praying that Thy wisdom may guide us, Thy strength 
support us, and Thy love hold us true all the day long. 


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In the midst of hectic hours and harassing happenings may Thy heal- 
ing presence restore our souls and lead us in the paths of righteousness 
for Thy name’s sake. 

Forgive, O Lord, our impatient impulses, our petty prejudices, our dis- 
couraged dispositions. Strengthen us to make a striking contribution to 
the life of our day, to think clearly, to speak courageously, to act confidently, 
to keep our faith in Thee and our country and may this faith keep us 
steady in this time of trouble. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 1968 


I will keep Thy law continually, forever and ever; and I shall walk ‘at 
liberty, for I have sought Thy precepts—Psalm 119: 44, 45. 


Gop OF OUR FATHERS, in whose name our Nation was conceived, under 
whose banner it was born and by whose spirit it continues to live in liberty 
under law, we pray that we may be worthy of the blessings so abundantly 
bestowed uponus. _ 

In this difficult day and through these turbulent times may our faith 
in Thee and our faithfulness to our country reveal the superiority of our 
way of life. More than ever before may we be loyal to the truth, may we 
stand firm in honesty and at all times be deeply and sincerely compassion- 
ate. 

May every lover of liberty, every citizen of our country, pledge his life 
and his honor to keep the laws of our land and to support the Constitution. 
May reverence for law and order be breathed into our children, be taught 
in our schools and universities, be proclaimed from our pulpits and be en- 
forced by our courts of justice. 

As we remember the signing of the Declaration of Independence let us 
again sing and pray: 

“Our fathers’ God, to thee, 
Author of liberty, 

To thee we sing; 
Long may our land be bright 
With freedom’s holy light; 
Protect us by Thy might, 

Great God, our King.” 

Amen. 


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TUESDAY, JULY 9, 1968 


I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help? 
cometh from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.—Psalm 121: 1, 2. 


Evrerna Faruer, who hast made us for Thyself so that our hearts are 
restless until they find rest in Thee, we, Thy children, come to Thee for 
help which Thou alone canst give. 

Be Thou our fortress in the hour of temptation and give us the power to 
master ourselves. Be Thou our light when the way is dark and we do 
not know which way to turn. Be Thou our strength when the flesh is weak 
and the spirit is depressed. Be Thou our courage in the time of trouble and 
help us to walk in right paths. Be Thou our hope when our own hopes fail 
and but for Thee we would give way to despair. 

Be Thou our help at all times and in all places and enable us to take from 
Thy hands the gifts of courage and strength and peace we need for this 
day in which we live. 

Bless Thou our President, our Speaker, every Member of this body, and 
all who work with them. By Thy spirit lead us all into a greater allegiance 
to Thy purposes for mankind and may we become increasingly walking 
centers of good will in our world. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, JULY 11, 1968 


Let Thy work appear unto Thy servants and Thy glory unto their 
children.—Psalm 90: 16. 


O Gop AND FATHER OF US ALL, from the tumult of a troubled world and 
the demands of a disturbing day we would seek the quiet of Thy presence, not 
to evade our responsibilities, not to escape our duties but to turn to the tasks 
of this time with strong spirits, wise minds, and gentle hearts. 

Dwelling in the secret place of the Most High and under the shadow of 
Thy spirit may we be given wisdom to make wise decisions, strength to 
carry heavy burdens, insight to see clearly, and courage to walk in Thy way 
as the wards of our wonderful country. 


“Lord of the nations, thus to Thee 
Our country we commend ; 
Be Thou her refuge and her strength, 
Her everlasting friend, 
Both now and forevermore.” 


Amen. 


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FRIDAY, JULY 12, 1968 


Continue steadfastly in prayer —Colossians 4: 2. 


O Lord, our God, who knowest the problems that perplex us, the trials 
that trouble us, and the happenings that harass us, grant unto us the royalty 
of an inward happiness and the serenity of mind which comes from living 
close to Thee. Do Thou dwell in the heart of every one of us that 
we may have joy in living, courage for life, and enthusiasm for our 
country. 

In our relations to others may we be persistent in patience, loyal in 
love, gentle in our goodness, and good in our gentleness. In our contacts 
with other nations may we be strong in spirit, generous in heart, and ready to 
help those who are willing to help themselves. 

Before all the people on this planet may we have the confidence to 
stand for what is right and good for all. Thus may our deeds in private and 
our duties in public measure up to our devotion in prayer. 

In the name of Him who took time to pray, we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, JULY 15, 1968 


Thus saith the Lord, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will 
not fail you or forsake you.—Joshua 1: 5. 


O Gon anp FATHER OF MankInD, whose creative spirit is ever seeking to 
lead us along the paths of truth and love, make us so mindful of Thy presence, 
so motivated by Thy spirit, so marked by Thy love that we may face this 
hour and live through these days with courage and strength and good will. 

We pray for the captive nations of the world—for those who live in 
the darkness of fear and want, who cry for the flame of freedom and 
who pray for the life of liberty. Grant unto them confidence in every trial, 
courage to endure in every trouble, strength to resist every temptation to 
become cynical and in the depths of every depression may they hear 
Thy voice saying, “Be strong and of a good courage for I, the Lord thy 
God, am with thee.” 

Hasten the day when freedom shall be the faith of all, when good will 
shall dwell in the hearts of all and when men shall learn to live together 
with all. 

Our Father, we come into Thy presence with sorrow in our hearts at 
the passing of one of our beloved colleagues. We thank Thee for him and 
pray that the comfort of Thy spirit may abide in the hearts of his loved ones. 
May their faith sustain them, their hope strengthen them, and their love 
support them. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 1968 


My soul waits upon God; from Him comes my salvation.—Psalm 62: 1. 


O Gop or ctory AND Lorp oF LIFE, we come to Thee in this our morning 
prayer and waiting upon Thee we would turn away from the clamor and 
clatter of the confused world about us. 

Help us to greet this new day with the joy of gratitude, to overcome our 
difficulties with increased devotion, to carry our burdens with added strength, 
and to meet all ills and accidents with a gallant and high-hearted happi- 
ness, giving Thee thanks always for all things. 

Deliver us from disagreements which make us disagreeable, from differ- 
ences which make a difference in our associations, and from resentments 
which ruin our relationships. 

Make us adequate for every adjustment we have to make, ready for every 
responsibility we have to carry, and equal to every emergency which comes 
our way. In the midst of busy days may we not forget Thee or be unmind- 
ful that we are here to serve our people and to keep our country physically 
strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, JULY 22, 1968 


Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will 
strengthen you; yea, I will help you.—Isaiah 41: 10. 


Aumicury Gon, source of all wisdom, power, and love, help us with increas- 
ing fidelity to come to Thee for light upon our way, for strength that sus- 
tains us in our way, and for love which brightens our hearts along our way, 
that we may now, and always, do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with 
Thee. 

Living under the glorious banner of the Stars and Stripes may we make 
sure that the people on this planet shall continue to see America with the 
lamp of liberty held aloft and with the flag of freedom flying from the 
masthead of our Nation. 

As we face the unfinished tasks before us may it be with courage and 
faith that we may make decisions wisely, plan our procedures skillfully, and 
develop our policies soundly for the good of all. In our work keep our minds 
clear, our hearts confident, our spirits courageous, and our hands clean 
that together we may move forward to a stronger nation and a better world. 

In the name of Christ, we pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 1968 


God hath made of one blood all nations of men to dwell upon the face of 
the earth that they should seek the Lord and find Him.—Acts 17: 26, 27. 


O Gop, Our FATHER, who hast made of one blood all nations of men to 
dwell upon the face of the earth and who dost call us to live together as Thy 
children, cleanse our national life of the spirit of discord and division; our 
racial life of the spirit of discrimination and disunion; and our personal lives 
of the spirit of disbelief and disillusionment. 

Let our opinions of others be as thoughtful as our opinions of ourselves, 
our attitudes toward others be as good as our attitudes toward ourselves, and 
our relationships with others be as wise as our relationship with ourselves 
lest in bitterness and ill will we destroy each other. 

In the midst of so many tragedies beyond our control but not beyond our 
compassion, may we place the weight of our influence upon the side of life 
and liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all men. Lead us and the nations 
of our world into the paths of peace and unity for Thy name’s sake. Amen. 


FRIDAY, JULY 26, 1968 


He that abideth in Me and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit.— 
John 15: 5. 


Mosr Mercrrut Gop, in this midday moment of meditation we come to 
Thee knowing Thou wilt receive us and never send us away emptyhanded or 
emptyhearted. 

Make our minds shrines of Thy truth, our hearts sanctuaries of Thy love, 
and send us out into this new day with the glorious spirit of those who build 
highways of peace and good will among the children of men. 

Help us now and always to walk worthily in the ways of Thy word and 
when temptations and troubles come may we prove to be faithful to Thee and 
fruitful in all good works. 

We pray for our beloved country that she may be Thine instrument of good 
will in bringing together in a deep unity of spirit all the members of the 
human race. 

In the spirit of Christ, we pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 1968 


Be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with 
you.—II Corinthians 13: 11. 


O Gop, who art the source of light and life and the spring from which 
comes all noble endeavors, direct with Thy wise and gracious spirit the work 
of this day. 

Give to these Representatives of our people insight into the needs of our 
Nation, inspiration to do something about it, and insistence that it be done 
and done for the good of all. 

Guide, we beseech Thee, our President, our Speaker, all Members of 
Congress, and those who work so untiringly with them. Grant unto them 
wisdom of mind, strength of spirit, and vigor of body that supporting what 
is true and following what is good they may fulfill Thy purpose for mankind. 

We commend to Thy loving care the men and women in the Armed 
Forces of our country. Defend them with Thy grace, strengthen them when 
tempted, give them courage to face danger’s hour unafraid, and protect them 
wheresoe’er they go. Thus, evermore, shall rise to Thee glad hymns of praise 
from land and sea. Amen. 


THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 1968 


If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men 
liberally; and it will be given him.—James 1: 5. 


O Tuov SzExinc SHEPHERD OF OUR STRIVING SPIRITS WHOSE GOODNESS 
AND MERCY FOLLOW US ALL OUR DAYS, may the thoughts in our minds and the 
attitudes of our hearts and the words on the lips be acceptable in Thy sight 
as we face the tasks of this day. 

Amid the shifting scenes of modern movements we pray for strength 
to carry our burdens, for wisdom to solve our problems, for understanding to 
relate ourselves affirmatively to others, and for the faith of the patriot 
dream— 

That sees beyond the years 
Thine alabaster cities gleam, 
Undimmed by human tears! 
America, America, 
God shed his grace on thee, 
And crown thy good with brotherhood 
From sea to shining sea. 


Amen. 


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FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 1968 


O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth for- 
ever.—Psalm 107: 1. 


Evrernat Gop, Our FaTHER, as we bring to a close this portion of the 90th 
Congress and look forward to a recess of a few weeks we turn again to Thee 
in prayer, as we have every day of this year, to acknowledge our dependence 
upon Thee and to offer unto Thee the devotion of our hearts, Thou hast 
been wonderfully good to us and our spirits rejoice, our minds give thanks, 
and our hearts take courage. 

We thank Thee for the high privilege which has been ours to walk to- 
gether and to work together in the service of our beloved country. We pray 
that our efforts may strengthen our Nation, improve the moral fiber of our 
people, increase law and order in our land, and meet the needs of all our 
citizens. 

Now may the Lord bless us and keep us and return us with new vigor, 
new strength, and new enthusiasm on September 4. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1968 


The righteous shall be glad in the Lord and shall trust in Him—Psalm 
64: 10. 


Evrernat Gop, Our FaTHER, returning from a brief recess we assemble 
again in this shrine of our national life and bow our heads at the altar of 
prayer. Look with Thy favor upon us, upon our Speaker, the Members of 
this House of Representatives and their loved ones, and all who labor with 
them. Grant unto them to be healthy in body, hopeful in mind, and har- 
monious in spirit that they may think clearly, plan wisely, and work dili- 
gently. In deed and in truth may they be instruments of Thy will in this 
troubled time. 
As we face the crucial days that lie ahead: 


God be in our heads 

And in our understanding; 
God be in our eyes 

And in our looking; 

God be in our mouths 

And in our speaking; 

God be in our hearts, 

And in our thinking; 

God be at our end, 

And at our departing. 


In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1968 


Brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an 
occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.—Galatians 5: 13. 

O Gop, Our Heaventy FaTuer, in the quiet of this moment of prayer 
and with all sincerity of mind and heart we come to Thee who art the 
source of all wisdom, of all goodness and of all love. 

Thou hast called us to work with Thee on behalf of our Nation and for 
the good of the world. Quicken Thou our love for our country and our 
concern for all mankind. Now and always may we keep our dedication to 
freedom, our devotion to truth, our delight in our democratic ways and 
our desire to make the world a better place for all people. 

Grant us courage to be faithful in the struggle to make liberty the law and 
the life of all lands. 

In the name of Him who sets men free we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1968 


The kingdom of God is not in word, but in power—I Corinthians 4: 20. 


O Tuov wuo ArT SEEKING TO LEAD US ALONG THE PATHS OF FREEDOM 
AND RIGHTEOUSNESS AND GOOD WILL, grant that in these decisive days we, 
the leaders of our people, may make wise decisions, be strengthened by 
Thy spirit to stand for what is sacred in life, and be given insight to see Thy 
way and inspiration to walk in it. 

May we keep extending to one another the handclasp of friendship as 
together we march forward to the great task of establishing peace on earth 
and good will among the people on this planet. 

Give to the nations the spirit which shall turn their hearts to the right 
and their minds to the rights of all that the darkness may turn to dawning 
and the dawning to noonday bright and Thy great kingdom shall come 
on earth, the kingdom of love and light. 

In the name of Him who makes real the kingdom we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1968 


My meat is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work.— 
John 4: 34. 


O Lorp, our Gop, grant unto us the spirit to think and the mind to do 
what is right and good that we may live according to Thy will. 


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Make us truly aware of what we are doing from day to day. We feel 
that we have so many things to do, so many meetings to attend, so many 
letters to write that we fail at times to see some of the things we ought to 
do and know full well should be done. Help us to take time for those things 
that matter most and less time for those things that matter least. 

May we learn again not to major in minors but to master the matters 
that mean most to the morale and the morals of our modern mood. 

Help us to think clearly, to choose wisely, and to make wise use of our 
time for Thy glory, for the good of our Nation, and for the benefit of all 
mankind. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1968 


Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the king- 
dom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who ts in heaven.— 
Matthew 7: 21. 


O Gon or crace AND GLORY, on us pour Thy power as humbly we turn 
our spirits unto Thee in this our morning prayer. 

We are grateful that our land has been blest with creative and courageous 
souls who have built on these shores a great Nation in which all men shall 
have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Inspire us to 
continue their great work that our country may ever be the land of the 
free and the home of the brave. 

God send us men whose aim will be 
Not to defend some ancient creed, 
But to live out the laws of Thine 
In every thought and word and deed. 
God send us men of steadfast will, 
Patient, courageous, strong, and true, 
With vision clear and mind equipped 
Thy will to learn, Thy work to do. 
God send us men with hearts ablaze, 
All truth to love, all wrong to hate; 
These are the patriots nations need, 
These are the bulwarks of the state. 
Amen. 


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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1968 


He who pursues righteousness and kindness will find life and honor.— 
Proverbs 21: 21. 


O Gop, Our Faruer, whose glory is in all the world and whose spirit lives 
in every breast, look with Thy favor upon us as we unite in prayer. Come 
Thou anew into our lives and arise afresh within us that this day may be a 
great day because we know that Thou art with us, and we are with Thee. 

Kindle in our hearts and in the hearts of all men a true love for peace 
and for law and order that in a real sense Thy kingdom of good will may 
begin to come and Thy way of truth and love be trod by all the children 
of men. 

We commend to Thy care all who are engaged in the government of our 
country. Continue to grant unto them an integrity of mind, a sincerity 
of heart and an unfailing devotion to the welfare of our people. May all 
legislation be worthy of our noblest efforts and for the good of all. 

In the Master’s name, we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1968 


Thou wilt show me the path of life: in Thy presence ts fullness of joy.— 
Psalm 16: 11. 


Evrernat Sprir oF Gop, amid the tumult of these troubled times and the 
difficulties of these demanding days, we come to this shrine of Thy presence 
seeking strength for the day and wisdom for the hours that we may make 
worthy decisions for the good of our Nation and the welfare of our people. 
At this altar of prayer give to us the assurance that behind the failures and 
the frustrations that mark many of our endeavors standeth Thy spirit ever 
striving to hold us true to noble purposes and generous ways. 

Empower these servants of our people and these leaders of our Nation that 
they may bring to their daily tasks and growing responsibilities, minds illu- 
mined by Thy presence, hearts aglow with Thy love, and hands ready to lift 
the fallen, to strengthen the weak, and to give peace to those who have no 


peace. 
In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1968 


For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee Fear not; 
I will help thee.—Isaiah 41: 13. 


O Lorp, Our Gop, from the rest of the night and with strength restored and 
spirits refreshed we launch out into another day which Thou hast made. In 
this moment of prayer make us strong to stand steady amid the sinister 
forces, within and without, which would deny freedom and degrade the dig- 
nity of man. Though all else change, keep our faith in Thee firm with 
growing trust and increasing confidence. 

Deliver us from petty concerns about little things and stand us in the cen- 
ter of great needs. Then, help us to open our hearts to our people that we 
may endeavor to meet their needs, share in their struggles, glory in their 
achievements, and to lead them to a better life in a better nation in a better 
world. 

In the name of Him who sets men free we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1968 


Truly my soul waiteth upon God; from Him cometh my salvation.— 
Psalm 62: 1. 


O THOU WHO ART THE CREATOR OF THE WORLD, the sustainer of life, 
and the goal of our noblest endeavors, teach us to pray that in our prayers 
Thou canst draw nigh unto us. By Thy grace enable us to live through these 
days without frustration and with a firm faith in Thee, without discourage- 
ment and with a decisive devotion to our beloved Nation. 

Give us wisdom and strength that we may rise above the confusion of 
this age, see clearly the needs of our people, strike forcefully at the roots of 
our Nation’s ills, and make strong and clear the highway to an intelligent, 
united citizenship. May we keep the wheels of progress turning and never 
allow any rule or ruler to displace or destroy our democracy. 

Abide with every Member of Congress and when they depart this day 
dismiss them with Thy blessing. 

In the Master’s name, we pray. Amen. 


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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1968 
Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my supplications—Psalm 143: 1. 


We ruanx Tuer, Our FaTuer, for this moment of prayer when we turn 
our hearts unto Thee and in all sincerity of mind and heart receive the 
guidance of Thy good spirit. 

Let not the glory of this day, nor the glow of good health, nor the glamour 
of our position blind us to the seriousness of our tasks and deceive us into 
thinking that we can depend upon ourselves alone. All we are and all we 
have is a trust, O Lord, from Thee. Help us to be wise stewards of Thy gifts 
and to use them for Thy glory and to make more secure the freedoms of our 
country. 

Bless these Representatives with Thy gracious favor, our people with the 
fruits of Thy loving spirit and all of us together with the faith in democracy 
that never falters and never fails, 

We pray in the name of Him for whose kingdom we labor. Amen. 


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1968 


Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid—Isaiah 12: 2. 


O Gon anp FATHER OF US ALL, who art closer than breathing and nearer 
than hands and feet, make us truly conscious of Thy presence as we bow 
in this circle of prayer. 

We thank Thee for the refreshment of rest which restores our souls 
and we ask for strength and wisdom to do our work well this day. In quiet 
confidence may we keep our hearts with Thee as we face the problems 
that are presented to us and the perplexities that pursue us. 

In spite of all the ill will in our world we pray that we may be the pro- 
moters of good will in a firm determination to cross all barriers of race 
and creed and thus make our contribution to the coming day when justice 
and peace shall encircle the earth, and in the word of the prophet, “They 
shall not hurt nor destroy; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of 
the Lord.” 

In the Master’s name, we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1968 


Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy loving kindness and 
blot out my transgressions—Psalm 51: 1. 


O THOU WHO ART THE SOURCE OF LIGHT AND LIFE, be with the Mem- 
bers of this body this holy day. Prosper them in their work, guide them in 


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their tasks, forgive their sins, and bless them as they endeavor to do justly, 
to love mercy, and to walk humbly with Thee. 

Fervently do we invoke Thy blessing upon our country. Protect her, O 
God, from calamity, discord, and violence. Let not any adversary triumph 
over her but let the glories of a just and righteous people filled with good 
will increase from age to age. 

Enlighten with Thy wisdom and sustain with Thy power those in au- 
thority, our President, our Speaker, every Member of Congress, every judge, 
every executive, and everyone who is entrusted with our safety and with 
the guardianship of our rights and liberties. 

May peace and good will be present in the hearts of all our citizens and 
may our common faith spread its blessings among us and exalt our Na- 
tion in justice and righteousness. Amen. 


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1968 


Teach me to do Thy will for Thou art my God and Thy spirit is good.— 
Psalm 143: 10. 


E, rernat FATHER OF US ALL, breathe upon us Thy lifegiving spirit as we 
wait upon Thee in prayer. We come to Thee facing tasks that tower above 
our ability to handle well and living through days that disturb us with 
their demanding duties. In the midst of these responsibilities may the 
strengthening power of Thy presence keep our hearts clean, our minds 
clear, and our spirits courageous. 

Help us to hear Thy still, small voice sounding through the thundering 
noise of these tumultuous times, and hearing it may we work together 
with Thee to fashion our beloved country into an instrument of good 
will through which Thy good will may be done on earth. 

In the Master’s name, we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1968 


The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this 
time forth and even forevermore.—Psalm 121: 8. 


Or FaTHer Gop, whose mercy is over all Thy works and whose will is 
ever directed to Thy children’s good, grant unto us the assurance that 
behind the shadows of our earthy scene stands One who slumbers not 
and in the midst of our joys and sorrows lives One whose strength never fails, 
and whose love never falters. 


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Now as we draw near to the close of this 90th Congress and look forward 
to the days ahead keep us mindful of Thy favor, eager to do Thy will, and 
ready to support our country in every good and noble way. 

Some of these Representatives will be leaving not to return and some 
will be leaving to return—bless them all with Thy spirit. Give to them 
wherever they are and wherever they go, strength for daily tasks, patience, 
particularly when others are impatient, and a loving heart even amid the 
bitterness of those who differ with them. May they walk worthily in Thy 
wonderful way for the welfare of our country and the well-being of all 
mankind. 

In the spirit of the Master we pray. Amen. 


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1968 


The Lord bless thee and keep thee and give thee peace——Numbers 6: 
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Gon oF our FATHERS, who are above ail, and in all, and through all, we 
pause in Thy presence invoking Thy blessing upon us and upon the work 
of this year. We confess that we have fallen short of our best but in spite 
of our shortcomings we are grateful that we have had the high honor and 
the priceless privilege of working together to keep the flag of freedom and 
the banner of the rights of man flying in a world where freedom is denied 
and the rights of man are destroyed. 

Now as the time of departing draws near we commit ourselves anew unto 
Thee and pray that Thou wilt strengthen us and continue to lead us as we 
endeavor to walk worthily in Thy way. 

We clasp our hands together waiting for Thy blessing. May the Lord 
bless us and keep us, the Lord make His face to shine upon us and be 
gracious unto us, the Lord lift up His countenance upon us and give us 
peace, peace in our own hearts, peace in our beloved land, and peace in our 
world. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1968 
If ye love Me, keep My commandments.—John 14: 15. 


Evrernat Spier oF Gop, who art from everlasting to everlasting unto Thee 
in this our morning prayer. Grant unto us wisdom to know Thy way, courage 
to set out upon it, and strength to walk in it. Save us from being too content 
with our lives and too satisfied with what we have done. Keep us from toler- 
ating in ourselves what we condemn in others and help us to be understand- 
ing and forgiving. If changes are to be made let them begin in us. Thus may 
we be a part of the world’s solution and not a part of its problems. 


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Renew our minds and hearts that we may present to this day a life honest 
and sincere, dedicated to the highest we know, and devoted to the best good 
of our beloved country. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1968 


Keep yourselves in the love of God.—Jude 21. 


Aumicuty Gop, from whom all thoughts of justice and peace proceed, 
kindle in our hearts and in the hearts of all our people a real love for brother- 
hood that we may learn to live together in peace with liberty and justice 
for all. 

Most heartily do we pray that Thou wilt bless our President, our Speaker, 
the Members of Congress, and all who labor for them and with them. So 
rule their hearts and so direct their endeavors that law and order, justice 
and peace may here and everywhere prevail for the good of man and the 
glory of Thy holy name. 

May virtue live in every heart, health and happiness in every home, friend- 
ship and fellowship in all our relationships, justice in our land, and peace 
in our world. 

May Thy blessing abide with us now and forevermore. Amen. 


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NINETY-FIRST CONGRESS 
First Session 


FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 1969 


“Behold,” saith the Lord, “I have set before thee an open door.’—Revela- 
tion 3: 8. 


Forernat Gop, Our FATHER, as we enter the door of a new year and of 
a new Congress we pause in Thy presence to offer unto Thee the devotion 
of our hearts and to pray for guidance, strength, and wisdom as we face the 
crucial days that lie ahead. 

In this high hour of a new beginning give to us, the leaders of our people, 
a deep sense of humility, a broad spirit of understanding, a great attitude 
of good will, and a real faith in Thee that we may govern well for the good 
of all and that freedom and justice may live long in our land. 

Bless Thou our President as he leaves office ere long and our President- 
elect as he assumes his responsibilities. In this time of transition may there 
be a spirit of unity among us and may we go forward together to a greater 
nation and a better world. 

We pray in the name of Him who taught His disciples to pray: 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom 
come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily 
bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against 
us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine ts the 
kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. 


MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 1969 


The Lord give thee wisdom and understanding . . . that thou mayest 
keep the law of the Lord, thy God.—I Chronicles 22: 12. 


O Lorp or Love AND Gop oF ALL Goopngss, in this sacred moment we bow 
at the altar of prayer thanking Thee for this glorious land in which we live. 
May we now and always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy presence, 
eager to do Thy will, and ready to serve our fellow men. Save us from 
violence and discord. Mold us into a people united in purpose and principle, 
in faith and fortitude. 

Endue with Thy wisdom all Members of Congress, especially this House 
of Representatives, and particularly our beloved Speaker. Direct their de- 


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cisions, prosper their planning, and expedite their efforts as they seek to 
promote the welfare of our country and the good of all our citizens. 

As a result of our endeavors may peace come to our world, justice rise to 
new life in our Nation, and happiness live in every human heart. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 1969 


Lead me in Thy truth and teach me, for Thou art the God of my salva- 
tion.—Psalm 25: 5. 


O Lorp, our Gop, grant unto the Members of this body, and all who work 
with them and for them, a fresh sense of Thy presence as we take up the 
duties of this day. May we learn to think Thy thoughts after Thee and to 
keep our hearts open to our people that to us will come wisdom as we make 
decisions, good will as we relate ourselves to one another, and courage as we 
endeavor to do what is right and good for all. 

In this moment of prayer do Thou— 


Breathe on us, breath of God, 
Fill us with life anew, 

That we may love what Thou dost love, 
And do what Thou wouldst do. 


In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 1969 


Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him 
who is the head.—Ephesians 4: 15. 


O vcr Faruer in HEAVEN AND ON EarTH, whose spirit dwells in the hearts 
of all men, make us conscious of Thy presence as we bow in prayer before 
Thee. 

We have been taught to walk the way of truth and to live the life of love. 
May truth so triumph in our minds that we may overcome low prejudices 
with high principles and may love so live in our hearts that we may relate 
ourselves affirmatively to our fellow men. With truth and love alive within 
us may we devote ourselves to the welfare of our beloved country. 

In the name of Him whose truth and love keeps men free we pray. 

Amen. 


THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 1969 


In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth—Genesis 1: 1. 


Amery Gop, creator and sustainer of this wonderful universe in which 
we live, hour after hour Thou art speaking to us and day after day Thou 


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art seeking to lead us. Help us to hear and to heed Thy word and to so 
respond to the leading of Thy spirit that the paths to peace may become 
plain and the ways of working together for freedom and justice may be 
made known to us. 

In this knowledge and by this faith may we lead our Nation to deeper 
depths of devotion, to higher heights of honesty, and to greater goals of 
genuine good for the children of men. 

We thank Thee for courageous men who, under the banner of our coun- 
try, reach out for knowledge of other planets. We pray for them, for their 
safety, and for continued success in our astronautical endeavors. May the 
knowledge gained be used for the good of all men. 

Hear us and help us, we beseech Thee, O Lord. Amen. 


MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 1969 


Be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, 
forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.— 
I Corinthians 15: 58. 


Ausneuty Gop, Father of all men, who amid the trials and triumphs of 
trying times hast set eternity in our hearts, we turn to Thee at the beginning 
of another week knowing that without Thee all our labor is in vain. 

In this high hour give to us, the leaders of our people, a true devotion 
to the welfare of our country, an outreaching concern for the well-being 
of all our citizens, and faith in Thee which opens for us the unfailing 
resources of spirit, bridges the differences which separate us, and makes us 
one in the glory of good will. 

We thank Thee for brave men and women who by courage and faith have 
brought our country to the place of leadership among the nations of the 
world. Help us to honor our heritage by walking the ways of liberty and law. 
Give worth to our words, courage to our hearts, and strength to our hands 
as we strive to make patriotism beautiful and bright with the lift of our 
loyalty and the light of our love. 

In the Master’s name, we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 1969 


Fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; for consider 
what great things He has done for you.—I Samuel 12: 24. 


O Lorp, grant unto us to so love Thee with all our minds, with all our 
hearts, with all our strength, and our neighbors as ourselves, that the grace 
of brotherly love may dwell in us, that all harshness and ill will may die and 
our hearts be filled with compassion and love. Thus may we rejoice in the 
happiness and good success of others by sympathizing with them in their 


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sorrows, by ministering to them in their needs, and by helping them in their 
efforts for a greater life with dignity and self-respect. 

Keep ever before us the shining goal of a greater nation and a better world 
seeking the way to peace and the road to freedom for all. 


Incline our hearts with godly fear 

To seek Thy face, Thy word revere; 

Cause Thou all wrongs, all strife to cease, 
And lead us in the paths of peace. 


In the dear Redeemer’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 1969 
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.—Luke 4: 18. 


Evrernat Gop, our Heavenly Father, we come to Thee at this noontide 
moment of prayer humbly and gratefully for in Thee is the answer to our 
questions, the solution of our problems, and the goal of our noblest endeavors. 

May it be our aim, as we meet daily in this historic Chamber, to meet the 
needs of struggling humanity, to strengthen the ties that bind free men 
together, and to find the way to peace among the nations of the world. 

God bless America. Unite our people in safeguarding our liberties, in 
defending our institutions, and in supporting all men everywhere who live 
and fight and die for freedom. 

May we realize more than ever that Thy spirit must touch and transform 
our own spirits if we are to continue to be free for in Thee alone is the life 
and the light and the law of liberty. 

We pray in the name of Him whose life never fails, whose light never 
fades, and whose law never falters. Amen. 


MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 1969 


You shall keep all the commandments which I command you this day, 
that you may be strong—Deuteronomy 11: 8. 


Aumicuty anp ETERNAL Gop, we pray humbly and sincerely for our 
country, the land we love with all our hearts. We thank Thee for the men 
who founded our Republic and for those who through the years have kept 
the flame of freedom aglow in our world. 

Now we invoke Thy blessing upon our President and Vice President as 
they take the oath of office and pledge their allegiance to this free land of 
their birth. Bless them with creative minds, courageous hearts and construc- 
tive hands as they endeavor to meet the challenge of these critical days. 

Give us, the Representatives of our people, patience, wisdom, and under- 
standing during this time of transition. Make us great enough for this day, 
strong enough for this hour, and good enough for this moment. 


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Bless all our people and help us as a nation to accept the privileges and re- 
sponsibilities of sound citizenship, walking in the way of Thy commandments 
and keeping our faith in Thee. So rule our hearts and so prosper our en- 
deavors that law and order, justice and peace may here and everywhere 
prevail to the glory of Thy name and the good of our country. Amen. 


THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 1969 


He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good; and who so trusteth in 
the Lord, happy is he-—Proverbs 16: 20. 


A uicuty anp EVERLASTING Gop, who art always more ready to hear than 
we are to pray, and are wont to give more than we desire or deserve, pour 
out upon us an abundance of Thy mercy, cleansing us, forgiving us, and em- 
powering us to do what is right and good for our country and our world. 

Grant that what we say with our lips we may believe in our hearts and 
what we believe in our hearts we may practice with our lives, that in deed 
and in truth we may be doers of the word and not hearers only. In Thy 
light may we see life clearly and in Thy straight path may we not stumble. 
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. 


MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 1969 


Thou wilt show me the path of life: in Thy presence is fullness of joy.— 
Psalm 16: 11. 


Ovor Hzaventy FATHER, we pray that Thou wilt fill this sacred moment 
with the reality of Thy presence. Restore our souls, refresh our spirits, and 
reinvigorate our bodies that we may be made ready for the responsibilities 
of this day. 

Grant unto us sincerity that we may persistently seek the things that 
endure, refusing those which perish, and that, amid things vanishing and 
deceptive, we may see the truth steadily, follow the light faithfully, and 
grow ever richer in that love which is the life of men. 

We pray for those nations sitting around the peace table. Lead them into 
the ways of justice and truth and establish among them that peace which 
is the fruit of righteousness. 

We meet this day with sadness in our hearts as we remember our beloved 
colleague who walks with us no more. We thank Thee for his life of public 
service and pray that the comfort of Thy presence may abide in the hearts 
of all who loved him and worked with him. 

In the spirit of love we pray. Amen. 


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THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 1969 


I have strength for anything through Him who gives me power.—Philip- 
pians 4: 13. 


In Tuy PRESENCE, Our FATHER, we pause for a moment, lifting our hearts 
unto Thee in prayer. As we pray, our strength is renewed, our courage re- 
stored, and our path is made plain. What we felt we could not do, now we 
can do; what we thought hopeless, is now full of hope; what seemed impos- 
sible, now becomes possible. We are ready for anything through the strength 
of Thy spirit living in our hearts. 

Bless our Nation with Thy favor and make her a channel for peace and 
good will in our world. In Thy name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1969 


Our sufficiency ts from God.—II Corinthians 3: 5. 


E,rerwat FATHER OF OUR SPIRITS, whose grace makes us sufficient for every 
task and whose strength holds us steady as we live through troubled times, 
speak Thou Thy word to us this day and make known Thy will that we may 
now and always walk along the paths of righteousness and justice and love. 

Unite us as a nation that we may continue to seek the release of the cap- 
tives, give light to those who sit in darkness, bridge the gulf which separates 
our people, and support every endeavor which creates and maintains under- 
standing and good will in our national life. 

In the spirit of Christ we offer this our morning prayer. Amen. 


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1969 


This I command you, that you love one another—John 15: 17. 


Dear Lorp AND FATHER OF MANKIND, Our spirit’s unseen friend, we pray 
for every effort which is being made for peace and justice, for brotherhood 
and good will in our Nation, and throughout the world. 

Breathe Thy spirit into every human heart that men may brothers be, 
and learn to live together in love, with understanding, and for the benefit 
of all Thy creatures. 

Bless Thou our President, our Speaker, the Members of this House of 
Representatives, and all who labor under the glowing dome of this glorious 
Capitol. Preserve their health, give them wisdom, broaden their vision, and 
guide their aspirations that together we may seek the good of all mankind. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1969 


And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them 
along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light. Exodus 
Lox ais . 


O Gop, Our Faruer, in generation after generation men have sought 
Thee and have found that Thy faithfulness never fails, Thy love never 
falters, and Thy strength never fades. Our fathers walked by the guidance 
of Thy spirit and rested in Thy mercy, so to us, their children, be Thou a 
pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night to give us light upon our 
way, strength to walk along it, and peace in our hearts. 

Remove the veil from every heart and unite us into one people as we 
walk together toward the promised land where free men shall dwell together 
in peace and good will. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1969 


My brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.— 
Ephesians 6: 10. 


Gop or our FATHERS, amid the tumult of troubled times may we keep 
within our hearts a calm and a quiet place where Thou dost dwell, where 
Thy power strengthens us, Thy wisdom makes us wise, and Thy good- 
ness keeps us good. 

At times may we withdraw from the loud hatred of the world and the 
noisy bitterness of men and silently lift our hearts unto Thee in prayer. Then 
alive with Thy spirit may we face our daily tasks with courage and faith and 
hope. 

Bless Thou our country. Make her faithful in her devotion to truth, great 
in her desire for honor, strong in her willingness to serve, and wise in her 
dealings with other nations. By doing Thy will may we bring peace to our 
world, peace to our Nation, and peace to our hearts. In the Master’s name 


we pray. Amen. 
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1969 


The Lord give thee wisdom and understanding, that thou mayest keep 
the law of the Lord, thy God.—lI Chronicles 22: 12. 


O Lorp OF LOVE AND GoD OF ALL GOODNESS, in this sacred moment we 
bow at the altar of prayer thanking Thee for the recess we have had and 
praying for Thy guidance as we face the days that lie ahead. 


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With the wings of Thy wisdom and the strength of Thy spirit may we 
accept the heavy responsibilities placed upon us in this high hour of our 
national life. During these turbulent times filled with the bitter tones of 
angry hatred, help us to hear Thy still, small voice speaking the words of 
justice and freedom and peace: 


Be Thou our wisdom, O Thou our true word; 
We ever with Thee, and Thou with us, Lord; 
Thou our Great Father, we Thy true sons; 
Thou in us dwelling, and we with Thee one. 
Amen. 


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1969 


Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.—Psalm 33: 12. 


Ovr Faruers’ Gop, to Thee, author of liberty, to Thee we pray; long may 
our land be bright with freedom’s holy light; protect us by Thy might, great 
God, our King. 

In this temple of freedom we give Thee thanks for the spirit and the 
service of our first President whom we affectionately call the Father of Our 
Country. We remember his courage in times of crisis, his fidelity during 
periods of adversity, and his faith which made him bend his knees on frozen 
ground that he might find strength and confidence to continue the struggle 
for independence. 

Grant that the remembrance of this great life may strengthen us and our 
people to live and to labor for the freedom of all mankind. Thus may we 
ever be one nation, under Thee, with liberty and justice for all. 

We pray in the spirit of the Lord of Life. Amen. 


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1969 


If you continue in My word, you are My disciples, and you will know 
the truth.—John 8: 31, 32. 


O Txov wuo arr THE TRUTH THAT MAKES MEN FREE AND THE LOVE 
THAT GIVES THEM LIFE, strengthen us by Thy spirit that no danger may 
overwhelm us and no discouragement overcome us. Make us one of that 
splendid company who find in Thy service perfect freedom and who in 
loyalty to Thee commit their lives to purposes greater than themselves. 

Help us to make good use of this day, seeking always to know what Thou 
wouldst have us do. Beginning this hour with a vision of Thy presence, may 
we continue in dependence upon Thy spirit and come to rest at eventide 


knowing Thou art with us and that we have been with Thee all the day 
long. 


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Bless our President as he seeks peace and unity among the nations. Crown 
his efforts with enduring success and give him wisdom as he talks with the 
leaders and people of other lands. Grant him a safe return with greater 
ideas for the good of all and with a firmer faith in the goals of free men. 

In the spirit of our Lord we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1969 
He who is of God hears the words of God.—John 8: 47. 


O Gop, whose strength supports us in our labor and whose spirit sustains 
us in our work, give us a new and a fresh realization of Thy presence as we 
wait upon Thee in prayer. Grant unto us patience when we demand too 
much too soon and decisions do not go our way; courage in the face of ap- 
parent defeat that we may still believe in the ultimate victory of the good 
for the good of all; and love when we falter in fear and fail in faithfulness 
that we may have the steady assurance that Thou art with us loving us unto 
the very end and strengthening us for every noble endeavor. 

Deliver our Nation from the spirit of discord and disunity and lead us in 
the paths of peace and prosperity, for Thy name’s sake. Amen. 


MONDAY, MARCH 3, 1969 


O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, 
our Maker.—Psalm 95: 6. 


O Gop, Our FaTuer, out of the confusion of the world we come with 
humble hearts to worship Thee. From the things that man has done we 
come into Thy presence to think of what Thou hast done for man. As we 
wait upon Thee, renew in us the spirit of wonder and joy and love. 

From our worship send us out into this day to be better citizens of our 
beloved country. Put depth and devotion and dedication into our patriotism, 
May we not simply salute our Nation’s flag and sing our country’s songs, 
but may we shoulder some burden of useful and redeeming service for this 
land we love with all our hearts. Enlist each one of us in the ranks of those 
who serve their community and who lift the level of our public life. Thus 
may we make of our land a fairer place in which our children may live and 


grow. 
In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 1969 


The Lord is my defence: and God is the rock of my refuge—Psalm 94: 22. 


O Gop ANp FATHER OF US ALL, who art the creator and the sustainer of 
all mankind, we pray that our lives may be built not upon the shifting sands 


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of superficial spirits but upon the firm foundation of a fruitful faith in 
Thee. 

As we pray, reveal to us Thy glory, make known Thy wisdom, and awaken 
in us a greater desire for goodness, truth, and love that our affections may 
be purified, our ambitions refined, our minds cleansed, and a right spirit 
be renewed within us. Ennobled by Thy presence, may we be, for our 
generation, channels through which Thy kingdom may come and Thy will 
be done on earth. 

We pray for our Nation that our people may grow in a sense of respon- 
sibility, may cultivate the spirit of good will, and may dare to be pioneers 
in brotherhood sustaining the hands and hearts of all who venture to end 
strife and to bring in peace. 

In the name of Him who said, “Love one another,” we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 1969 


To this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the 
living God—I Timothy 4: 10. 


O Gop, Our Fatuer, who hast called us to walk in Thy way and to live 
with love in our hearts, grant unto us the steady assurance that although 
we forget Thee Thou dost not forget us, and that notwithstanding the fact 
we let Thee down Thou dost never let us down. May Thy spirit abiding 
in us through all our changing moods sustain us.in every right and good 
effort. 

Bless Thou the young people of our land. Let not the undue license of 
a few limit the due liberty of the majority. Strengthen our youth that they 
may have full regard for the rights of all their fellows. Help them to use 
their freedom to discover themselves at their very best, to find creative chan- 
nels for their restless endeavors, and to live and labor for justice by all, good 
will among all and liberty for all. 

In the name of Him who was true to Himself, to others, and to Thee, we 
pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, MARCH 10, 1969 


Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep his 
commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.—Ecclesiastes 12: 13. 


O Tuov wxo HAST MADE US AND DOST KEEP US DAY BY DAY, we bow 
in Thy presence at the beginning of another week to offer unto Thee the 
devotion of our hearts. Grant unto each one of us inner resources of spiritual 
power that we may not be overcome by troubles, but rising above them make 
each day a pageant of triumph. Make us such radiant personalities and so 


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filled with good will that we may commend to the world the faith we 
profess. 

We pray for our Nation, our President, our Speaker, Members of our 
Congress, those who work with them, and all our people. Following 
the leading of Thy spirit and walking in the way of Thy commandments, 
may we here in America find a new unity in a common faith and a common 
endeavor, and living close to Thee find ourselves closer to each other; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 1969 


Now abideth faith, hope, love, these three: but the greatest of these 
is love—I Corinthians 13: 13. 


O Tuou Erernat Source or Wispom, power and love, lead us through 
changes of this life upon earth to rest our spirits upon Thee. Help us to 
see Thee more clearly, to think about Thee more frequently, to pray to 
Thee more earnestly, and to do Thy will more faithfully. In Thee may we 
find confidence and courage for the living of these days. 

In our minds we name before Thee those near and dear to us, and others 
whose lives have blended with ours and bring to us a sense of privilege and 
responsibility. Do Thou bless them mightily and sustain them in Thy 
service. Lay Thou Thy hand upon all those who are sick, comfort those 
who are sad, give courage to the discouraged, strength to the weak, light to 
those who sit in darkness, and love to those who would keep bitterness 
in their hearts. 

We pray for our beloved land that we as a nation of free people may 
choose wisely, live worthily, relate ourselves to others affirmatively, and dare 
to be pioneers in brotherhood, strengthening the hands of those who would 
lead us in the paths of peace. Together may we go forward to build the 
kingdom of justice and truth and love among the children of men. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, MARCH 17, 1969 


Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my sup plica- 
tions—Psalm 86: 6. 


Brzss us Tuts pAy, Our FaTuer, with a fresh realization of Thy 
presence, and strengthen us to face our tasks with faith and with fortitude. 
As we meet at the beginning of another week, gird our lives that they may 
be armored with all Christ-like graces in the fight to set men free. Grant us 
wisdom, grant us courage, that we fail not man nor Thee. 


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Help us to keep our minds clear, our hearts clean, and our spirits confident. 
May we live so honestly and so hopefully that no disputes may discourage us, 
no failure cause us to falter, and no falsehood make us false to ourselves, to 
others, or to Thee. 

Give to us Thy love and in all the changes of this life upon earth; keep us 
loyal and loving unto the very end. Then open wide to us the gates of life 
eternal, through Him who lives forever. Amen. 


TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 1969 


They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall walk 
and not faint.—Isaiah 40: 31. 


Evernat Gop AND FATHER OF US ALL, as we live through the hours of this 
day may we ke humble in spirit, helpful in attitude, faithful in service, and 
fruitful in all good works. 

Deliver us from worries that wear us out, from resentments that tear us 
down, and from frustrations that weaken our morale. Help us to realize that 
though life may have for us many difficulties and some disagreements, we 
must not allow difficulties to become too discouraging, nor permit disagree- 
ments to make us too disagreeable, and certainly never allow them to weaken 
our faith or lower our ideals. 

Grant wisdom and courage to our President, our Speaker, all Members of 
Congress, and those who work diligently with them as they set themselves to 
solve the problems that confront our Nation in these trying times. 

Together may all of us walk in Thy way and not faint. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, MARCH 24, 1969 


Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that 
shall he also reap.—Galatians 6: 7. 


Ovr Heaventy FATHER, grant unto us once again the assurance of Thy 
sustaining presence as we bow in this circle of prayer. Inspire us with a 
firmer trust in Thee and with a sympathetic outreach of good will toward 
all the children of men. 

Give to each one of us the realization that Thy power is at work in the 
world moving in the direction of justice, peace, and love among all nations 
and in the hearts of all men. Thou art always with us—do Thou help us 
always to be with Thee. 


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Bless our Nation with Thy favor and as a people make us mindful of Thy 
presence and ever eager to do Thy will. 
In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 1969 


My defense is of God, who saveth the upright in heart.—Psalm 7: 10. 


O Gop, who art a strong tower of defense to those who put their trust in 
Thee, have mercy upon us as we bow in prayer before Thee and gird us for 
the experiences of this day. Grant that in moments of low moods and in 
minutes of high moods we may keep our faith in Thee in whom alone true 
life is to be found. 

Forgive the ways we have placed shackles about ourselves and others, the 
intolerance we have shown when others differed from us, the envy we have 
revealed when some have received what we thought we deserved, the prej- 
udices we have mistaken for principles, and the ill will generated at the suc- 
cess of others. May we pray not only to be forgiven but to learn to be for- 
giving. 

Amid the perplexities of this period may we always remember to be kind 
and generous, understanding and upright in heart, knowing that he who lives 
in Thy spirit and who keeps Thy commandments is walking in the way of 
truth and love—the best defense our Nation can ever have. 

We pray in the spirit of Him who walked the way of the loving heart. 

Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 1969 


Finally, brethren, be of one mind, live in peace: and the God of love and 
peace shall be with you.—II Corinthians 13: 11. 


E,rernat Sprerr, who art ever speaking to man and always seeking to 
lead Thy children into the ways of peace, we pray for our country. 

Strengthen our leaders that they may walk with Thee as they carry their 
responsibilities. Sustain our people that in true service and with humble 
hearts they may usher in a new day of peace by doing Thy will. 

So unite us in our love for Thee and by our confidence in one another 
that together we may hasten the day when “Nation shall not lift up sword 
against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” 

With this creative faith and this courageous spirit may we march forward 
together toward a greater nation and a better world. 

In the name of the Prince of Peace we pray. Amen. 


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MONDAY, MARCH 31, 1969 


Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear 
no evil: for Thou art with me.—Psalm 23: 4. 


Aumicuty anp Erernat Gop, the comforter of Thy children and the 
strength of those who put their trust in Thee, we assemble this day with 
sorrow in our hearts at the passing of General of the Army Dwight David 
Eisenhower, our beloved 34th President. Even in the sadness of farewell we 
think fondly of him who walked so worthily in our midst and who served 
so well as the leader of our country. 

We mourn his passing because he reflected in his own personality the 
tradition of a free people and revealed in his life the shrine of our Nation’s 
faith and hope. 

We thank Thee for him, for his courage of mind and heart, for his strength 
of character, for his desire to do what he firmly believed to be right and 
for his devotion to his family and to his country. Certainly our United States 
is a better nation—stronger and freer—because he lived and led us in war 
and in peace. 

So we honor the memory of this great and good man, “who more than 
self his country loved,” and in so doing we dedicate ourselves anew to Thee 
and to our Nation in the global struggle between democracy and dictator- 
ship. 

Comfort the family with Thy sustaining spirit and strengthen them for 
these hours and for the days to come. Keep them and us, steady and strong, 
this day and forever more. Amen. 


TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 1969 


He that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth with diligence; 
he that showeth mercy with cheerfulness—Romans 12: 8. 


O Gop, Our Fatuer, in whose love is our life, in whose service is our 
strength, and in whose will is our work, grant unto us increasing power 
that we may labor unceasingly for the welfare of our country and the well- 
being of all mankind. 

Save us from discord and disunity, from pride and prejudice, from vice 
and violence. Fashion us into a people united in purpose and program to 
promote justice, to proclaim freedom, and to provide food for the hungry, 
housing for the ill housed, and jobs for men who will work. 

May the spirit of wisdom abide in all our hearts that we may make deci- 
stale daringly, plan procedures patiently, and live with love the light in our 
ives. 


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In times of trouble let not our faith in Thee falter and in periods of 
prosperity let our faith find its fulfillment in humble service and a grateful 
spirit. 

In the name of Christ we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 1969 
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit —John 15: 8. 


Aumicuty Gop, by whose spirit men of old were guided in their decisions, 
direct, we beseech Thee, the deliberations of Congress this day. Help us to 
do well the work we have to do and may it be for the good of all. 

To our President, our Speaker, and to all who share with them the respon- 
sibility of planning the program for our beloved country, grant spiritual 
strength, wise counsel, and an adventurous faith that they may continue to 
lead our people toward the high goal of one nation, under Thee, indivisible, 
with liberty and justice for all. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 1969 


A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another.—John 
iepen ss 


Ovor Fatuer Gop, as we continue our pilgrim way this holy week, enter- 
ing an upper room, climbing the hill called Calvary, and realizing anew the 
glory of the Easter morn, we pause in Thy presence to lift our hearts unto 
Thee in praise and thanksgiving, 

We thank Thee for Thy love revealed in the experiences of these days, for 
Thy forgiving love made known in the way of the cross, and for Thy strength- 
ening power received in our response to Thy love and Thy forgiving mercy. 

Bless us and our Nation in these crucial days that we may continue to 
be crusaders in the cause of human freedom, workers for an enduring peace, 
and cultivators of good will in the hearts of all people. 


Draw Thou my soul, O God, closer to Thine; 
Breathe into every wish Thy will divine. 
Raise my low self above, won by Thy deathless love; 
Ever, O God, through mine let Thy life shine. 
In the spirit of Christ, we pray. 
Amen. 


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TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 1969 


God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of 
a sound mind.—II Timothy 1: 7. 


Mosr Gracious anp Lovine Gop, the strength of all who put their trust 
in Thee and the light of those who walk in Thy way, make us truly conscious 
of Thy presence as we enter this new day fresh from Thy hand. Grant that 
in the stress and strain of these troubled times we may never lose heart or 
hope. 

We pray that our President, our Speaker, and all the Members of this 
House of Representatives may be abundantly blessed with the strengthening 
presence of Thy spirit as they labor earnestly for good will in our Nation, 
for peace in our world, and for the good of all mankind. 

In all our endeavors on behalf of our country may we be ever mindful 
that our highest resources are spiritual, and upon the foundation of justice, 
righteousness, and good will may we build our life as a nation, and seek 
to build our lives together on this planet. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 1969 


By grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own 
doing, it is the gift of God.—Ephesians 2: 8. 


Oor Farner Gop, in whom we live and move and have our being, we 
humbly pray Thee so to guide and govern us by Thy spirit that in all the 
procedures of these hours we may never forget that Thou art with us. Send 
us out into this new day sustained by— 


A faith that shines more bright and clear 
When tempest rage without; 

That when in danger knows no fear, 
In darkness feels no doubt. 


Into Thy keeping we commit our country and all who live and fight and 
die for her that freedom may continue to be gloriously alive in our world. 
Strengthen them in danger; comfort them in sorrow; keep them steadfast 
in the performance of duty and ever loyal to this Nation we love with all 
our hearts. 


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Lead us, our Father, in the paths of right; blindly we stumble when we 
walk alone, only with Thee do we journey safely on. 
In the name of Him who is the way, we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 1969 


I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day—John 9: 4. 


Gop or our FATHERS AND Our Gop, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by 
the inspiration of Thy Holy Spirit that we may truly love Thee and worthily 
serve Thee this day. 

May our hearts be with Thee as we seek solutions to the grave and global 
problems that confront us and our Nation. 

In this dear land of our birth, help us to close ranks in a greater unity 
of spirit as principalities and powers without seek to destroy our heritage 
of freedom, with liberty and justice for all. 

Make us great enough in spirit that we may be equal to every experience, 
ready for every responsibility, and adequate for every activity. 

In the name of the Master Workman, we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, APRIL 21, 1969 


The Lord thy God bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou 
doest.—Deuteronomy 14: 29. 


O Lorp, Our Gop, whose glory is in all the world and whose goodness 
shines in all that is fair, we commit ourselves and our country to Thy merci- 
ful care; that being guided by Thy spirit we may learn to dwell together 
in Thy peace and to live by Thy laws. 

Grant that the work of this day may be in accordance with Thy will. 
Give to us health of body, clarity of mind and strength of spirit that we may 
do what we have to do with all our hearts. 

Deliver us from the fear that destroys, from the futility that deadens, and 
from the frustration that discourages us. Do Thou help us to work to make 
our dreams come true and to dream to make our work worth doing. 

Keep our Nation strong in Thee. Let us walk and work together humbly 
and in all good will that in faith and freedom Thy glory shall be revealed 
in every effort we make to share in the work of the world: through Jesus 
Christ by whose life we have been redeemed. Amen. 


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TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 1969 


My beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in 
the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain 
in the Lord.—I Corinthians 15: 58. 


O Tuov Giver oF EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT, we are grateful for 
the opportunities for good which have been ours; for the love in our homes; 
for the fellowship of friends; for the freedom to worship as we desire, and 
for the happy experience of serving our country in this House of Repre- 
sentatives. Keep us ever alive with gratitude for Thy goodness to us. 

Do Thou forgive our mishandling of some of Thy gifts—the opportunity 
neglected, the untruth accepted, the shallow judgment made, and the cyni- 
cism enjoyed. Forgive the unkind word, the unjust criticism, the false ambi- 
tion, and every unworthy spirit which has reigned in our hearts. 

May the light of Thy love and the triumph of Thy truth purify us and 
send us out into this day to be true to Thee, loyal to our country, and in 
love with our fellow men. 

In the name of Him who reveals life to us we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, APRIL 28, 1969 


Fear God and keep His commandments; for this is the whole duty of 
man.—Ecclesiastes 12: 13. 


O Cop or Love aND FaTHer oF MERcy, we rejoice and our hearts take 
courage when we realize that Thou art always with us, available for every 
need and ready to help when we turn to Thee. 

Each day at this noontide moment of prayer we seek Thy sustaining 
presence because we are meeting problems beyond our wisdom and man- 
aging responsibilities beyond our strength to carry. 

Give to our President, our Speaker, every Member of this body, and 
those who work with them a clear sense of Thy guiding spirit as they 
endeavor to master the difficulties that beset our country. 

In all our efforts to do what is right and good for all may we maintain 
a faith that never falters, a courage that never fails, and a good will that 
never fades. 

Bless our Nation with Thy favor and make us ever eager to participate 
in the adventure of leading man and nations into the glorious light and life 
of liberty. 


In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 1969 


Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that 
doeth good is of God.—III John 1: 11. 


O Tov wuo HEAREST PRAYER AND ANSWERETH ACCORDING TO THY 
WISDOM, to Thee we come in this silent moment of quiet devotion. We 
humble ourselves in Thy presence confessing that we have done that which 
we ought not to have done and left undone that which we should have 
done. Do Thou have mercy upon us, forgive us and send us out into this 
day with creative minds to think clearly, with hearts warm with love to 
spread good will, and with hands ready to serve Thee more fully and our 
country more faithfully. 

Help us to bridge the chasms which separate men, to heal the festering 
sores which infect our national life, to foster unity among our people, and 
to promote cooperation between the nations of the world. 

Breathe upon us Thy spirit, reveal to us Thy way and give us courage 
to walk in it to the glory of Thy holy name. Amen. 


MONDAY, MAY 5, 1969 


If My people humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn 
from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their 
sin and heal their land.—II Chronicles 7: 14. 


A tmicuty FaTuer, at this sacred moment of prayer we pause in silence 
before Thee, seeking the wise guidance of Thy worthy spirit as we face the 
problems that beset us and think of the decisions we must make. 

In these critical days of our national life help us to see the way and give 
us the courage to walk in it, that we may promote the values which have 
made our Nation great and possess the virtues which have kept her strong. 

During this time of turmoil when the spirit of revolution is in the air, 
when wrong seems at times triumphant and goodness so feeble, may we be 
sure of Thee and know that behind the shadows standeth Thy presence which 
never fails. May we realize anew that— 


This is my Father’s world, and let me ne’er forget 
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, 
Thou art the ruler yet. 


In Thy name we pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 1969 


Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong—lI Corin- 
thians 16: 13. 


Au PRAISE, honor and glory be unto Thee, O Father Almighty, for Thy 
loving kindness and Thy tender mercies which have been ours all the days 
of our lives. Protect us in our freedom and preserve us in our faith by Thy 
spirit of truth made known to us as we pray. 

Cleanse the strivings of our hearts and clear our minds of stress and strain 
that inner peace may be ours and enduring peace may come to our world. 

In this dark day may we as a nation not curse the darkness but keep the 
candles of faith and hope and love alight that all may see the way to life with 
liberty and justice and peace for all. 


“Dear Lord and Father of mankind, 
Forgive our foolish ways; 
Reclothe us in our rightful minds, 
In purer lives Thy service find, 
In deeper reverence, praise.” 
Amen. 


THURSDAY, MAY 8, 1969 


Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving — 
Colossians 4: 2. 


O Gop, who art above us and yet within us in all reverence of mind and 
heart, we bow before Thee, acknowledging our dependence upon Thee and 
offering unto Thee the loyalty and love of our hearts. In this day when 
pagan forces would overwhelm us and a secular spirit would engulf our 
world, keep our honor bright, our hearts pure, our minds clean, and our 
devotion to Thee and our country steadfast and sure. 

During these trying times when decisions are made which will determine 
the direction our Nation takes, help us to maintain our integrity, to rise 
above personal ambition and to put first that which is first, the welfare of 
our country and the good of our people. 

Give to us the inspiration and the industry to continue to work for justice 
and peace and freedom both at home and abroad. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


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MONDAY, MAY 12, 1969 


Holy Father, protect by the power of Thy name those whom Thou hast 
given Me, that they may be one.—John 17: 11. 


Aumicuty Gop, Our FATHER, we come to Thee in earnest prayer that 
Thou wilt keep our country under Thy divine protection; that Thou wilt 
incline our citizens to live by the laws of our land; and that Thou wilt help 
our people to so cultivate a spirit of good will that they may learn to live 
together in peace and without fear. 

We cannot all be of the same mind nor can we think alike, but we pray 
that Thou wilt make us one in our loyalty to our Nation, one in our love 
for liberty, and one in our search for justice and peace. 

Deliver us from pride and prejudice, from intolerance, and from every 
evil way. By the might of Thy spirit within us may we show forth in our 
lives the fruit of our faith and the power of our principles. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, MAY 13, 1969 


Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faithHebrews 


10;; 22, 


Gon or our FATHERS AND Our FaTHER Gop, who art sending Thy spirit 
into the hearts of men seeking to bring justice and peace to our world, may 
we with open minds and receptive hearts receive Thy spirit and with Thee 
strive to make justice and peace a reality in our day. 

Give us grace to take to heart the dangers involved in our unhappy divi- 
sions and our unhallowed differences. Remove from us all that hurts our 
unity of spirit and all that hinders our forward march together. Kindle in 
us the fire of Thy redeeming love, strengthen us by Thy power and draw us 
closer to one another. 

To Thee and to our country we consecrate the work of this day. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, MAY 15, 1969 


You will seek Me and find Me; when you seek Me with all your heart.— 
Jeremiah 29: 13. 


O Lorp, Our Gop, who art ever calling upon us to walk in Thy way, to 
try Thy truth and to live Thy life, grant that the spirit of our prayer this 


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moment may be acceptable to Thee and our hearts be in harmony with 
Thy holy will. 

Help us to consider carefully our pilgrimage upon this planet, to measure 
the deeds of the past by our devotion to the present and our dedication 
for the future. When we think of what we could have done had we given 
ourselves wholly to Thee we feel humble and are heartily sorry for our 
misdoings. 

In reverence we come to Thee again and lay our supplications before 
Thee. Help us to right the wrongs we have done to others and give us grace 
to forgive those who wrong us. Enlighten our minds with truth, enlarge 
our hearts with love and enlist us in the struggle for justice in our Nation 
and peace in our world. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, MAY 19, 1969 


I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made 
for all men.—I Timothy 2: 1. 


Aumicuty Gop, Our HEAVENLY FaTHer, who art with our astronauts 
flying through space and who art with us walking on this planet, make us 
positive factors in the world’s fields of endeavors as we seek to extend our 
knowledge of the universe, to cultivate justice among men, peace between 
nations, and good will in the hearts of all men. 

Make plain Thy path, help us to see it clearly and then give us courage 
to walk in it knowing Thou art with us all the way. 

In this troubled time save us from the hot fever of foolish action and from 
the cold fear which would make futile any activity on our part. May Thy 
spirit live in us and in so doing lead us to a life together where men may live 
with dignity, self respect, and understanding love. 

Bless our astronauts, bless Thou the men and women in our Armed 
Forces; may their contribution and ours become a blessing to our Nation 
and to all mankind. Amen. 


THURSDAY, MAY 22, 1969 


Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, the things which God hath prepared 
for them that love Him.—I Corinthians 2: 9. 


A.umcuty AND Everzastinc Gop, from whom all thoughts of truth and 
love proceed; kindle in our hearts and in the hearts of all men a real love 
for the truth and a deep concern for peace. 


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ee Se ee 


Guide with Thy wisdom those who lead our Nation, our President, our 
Speaker, the Members of this House of Representatives, and all who work 
with them under the dome of this Capitol, that in all good will Thy king- 
dom may go forward and Thy will be done on earth. 

Make real in our hearts the spirit of Thy love; strengthen us by Thy 
power; draw us closer to Thee and, in so doing, bind us together in a firm 
and a faithful bond of unity, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 1969 


Let us follow after the things which make for peace.—Romans 14: 19. 


Eirerwat Gop, Our FATHER, in whom our fathers trusted and were never 
let down, bless us this day as we bow before Thee in loving memory of 
those who laid down their lives for our country. 

We thank Thee for men and women in time past who gave themselves 
that freedom may have fresh air in our Nation, and we are grateful for 
those in time present who are giving themselves that liberty may continue 
to live in our land. 

That these may not have lived and died in vain we pray Thee to unite 
our people in one great purpose to preserve the principles of freedom, jus- 
tice, and good will, and by Thy grace may we learn to live together in the 
spirit of true brotherhood. 

Pour out Thy spirit upon us in such measure that we may turn from 
war to peace, from poverty to plenty, and from hate to love, through Jesus 
Christ our Lord. Amen. 


MONDAY, JUNE 2, 1969 


From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s 
name is to be praised.—Psalm 113: 3. 


Aumicuty Gop, our loving Heavenly Father, who art clothing the world 
with beauty and throwing a mantle of green across the shoulders of the 
hills, by whose law the planets keep their courses and by whose creative 
thought life has risen on this planet, make us conscious of Thy presence 
and help us to be patient and strong in Thee. 

May the thoughts of our minds be channels for Thy way. May the dreams 
+n our hearts fulfill Thy purposes for our Nation and for mankind. May the 
work of our hands weed out injustice and war and cultivate the seeds that 
flower into justice for all and peace in our world. By Thy spirit may we have 


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courage enough to be pioneers in brotherhood, sustaining the hands and 
hearts of all who seek to end strife and to bring peace to the hearts of men. 
To this end guide Thou our President, our Speaker, the Members of this 
body and all who labor with them. Ennoble their lives by the sense of Thy 
presence that they may be for this generation channels through which Thy 
kingdom may come and Thy will be done on earth. 
In the Master’s name, we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 1969 


God be merciful unto us and bless us; and cause His face to shine upon 


us.—Psalm 67: 1. 


(Q Tou WHo ArT THE BRIGHT SUN OF THE WORLD SENDING THY LIGHT 
UNTO ALL THY CREATION, shine Thou upon our hearts as we pray this 
moment, driving away the darkness of evil and enabling us to walk without 
stumbling, to live without soiling our lives or the lives of others, and to 
serve our country without fear and with fidelity. 

Consecrate with Thy presence the way our feet may go, the way our 
minds may think, and the way our hearts may feel, that our work may be 
well done and our lives be filled with the glory of Thy spirit. 

Bless our Nation with the grace of Thy favor, our leaders with the great- 
ness of Thy wisdom, and our people with the goodness of Thy love. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 1969 


Let the people praise Thee, O God; let all the people praise Thee— 
Psalm 67: 3. 


Buessep Arr Txou, O Lorp, Our Gop, who turneth the shadow of night 
into the light of the morning and giveth to us the glory of another day; we 
lift our hearts unto Thee in praise and thanksgiving. 

Thanks be to Thee for the revelation of Thyself in the light of Thy word, 
in the beauty of nature, in the orderliness of the universe, and in the 
splendor of triumphant spirits. Thanks be to Thee for the revelation of 
Thyself in our own hearts, for moments when Thy presence has been real 
and we have known Thou art with us and we are with Thee. 

Grateful for this day, send us out to do our work as best we can, touch- 
ing the lives of our fellow men for good. Help us to look at others with the 
eyes of a brother and endeavor to meet the needs of our people with 


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sympathetic hearts and understanding minds. May we be walking centers 
of good will in a world of ill will to the glory of Thy name, for the welfare 
of our Nation, and for the well-being of all mankind. In the name of Him 
who went about doing good. Amen. 


MONDAY, JUNE 9, 1969 


Let not mercy and truth forsake thee; bind them about thy neck; write 
them upon the table of thine heart—Proverbs 3: 3 


O Gop, almighty and eternal, supreme ruler of men, without whom 
no nation can be great, no people can be good, make us mindful of Thy 
presence, eager to do Thy will, and willing to walk in Thy way. 

May the light of Thy spirit enlighten our spirits that we may see the truth 
clearly, follow it courageously, and live with it confidently, knowing that it 
is the truth which makes and keeps men free. 

Guide Thou our President and all who confer with him that out of con- 
ferences may come plans for the ending of war and procedures for ushering 
in peace. So may it be for Thy glory and for the good of all mankind. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 1969 


Thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord; that 
it may be well with thee.—Deuteronomy 6: 18. 


Evrernar Gop, Our FaTHER, with reverent hearts we pause in the midst 
of the day’s duties to lift our spirits to Thee, unto whom all hearts are open, 
all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid. Cleanse the thoughts 
of our hearts by the inspiration of Thy Holy Spirit that we may love Thee 
more perfectly, serve our country more fully, and lead our people more 
diligently. 

During these difficult days let us not add to the problems we face by our 
own ill will and our selfish endeavors, rather help us to become part of 
the solution by our own good will and our unselfish efforts to lead our 
people to wider areas of understanding, tolerance, and friendliness. 

Direct the leaders of our Nation, our President, our beloved Speaker, and 
all the Members of Congress. Grant unto them wisdom and strength that, 
upholding what is right, and standing by what is true, they may follow Thy 
holy will and fulfill Thy purpose for mankind: through Jesus Christ our 
Lord. Amen. 


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THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 1969 


Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed 
because of the truth.—Psalm 60: 4. 


Aumeury Gop, we thank Thee for our beloved Republic, for the heritage 
which is ours, for the traditions and the institutions of a free people which 
have come down to us through the sacrifices of our fathers, and for which 
we now must live and labor to keep alive in our day. 

Our hearts are thrilled as we look upon the starry banner, the flag of our 
United States of America. It speaks of freedom and democracy. It stands for 
law and order, justice and liberty, for peace and good will to all. It serves 
to proclaim the good news of a government of the people, by the people, and 
for the people. May this flag continue to be the symbol of hope to the op- 
pressed, the rainbow of promise to the downtrodden, and the banner of 
freedom to all men, 

May we celebrate its birth not only with our lips but with the lives de- 
voted to Thee and dedicated to our country. Amenand Amen. 


MONDAY, JUNE 16, 1969 


The ways of the Lord are right and the just shall walk in them.— Hosea 
14: 9. 


O Tuxov wuose sPiRIT SUPPORTS US IN EVERY NOBLE ENDEAVOR AND 
WHOSE STRENGTH SUSTAINS US AS WE LABOR FOR THE GOOD OF OUR FELLOW 
MAN, bless us with a realization of Thy presence as we begin another week 
and enable us to walk in the way of Thy commandments and to live in the 
spirit of Thy Son. 

Thou hast brought forth on this land a Nation conceived in liberty and 
dedicated to the good of all men. Help us to maintain our freedoms in the 
spirit of justice and good will. Save our Nation from further discord and 
violence. Guide our people that they may see the futility of fostering fear and 
may seek the path that produces more unity and promotes mutual under- 
standing. 

Strengthen our leaders that they may walk with Thee as they make de- 
cisions and carry responsibilities. Together may leaders and people endeavor 
by honorable service and humble spirits to bring peace to our land and to 
our world. In the spirit of Christ, we pray. Amen. 


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TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 1969 


Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth under- 
standing.—Proverbs 3: 13. 


Aumicuty AND MOST MERCIFUL FaTuer, from whom cometh wisdom and 
understanding, make us aware of Thy presence as we seek to provide for the 
welfare of our people. May we be guided in all our consultations to find the 
more excellent way and be given strength to walk in it that the safety and 
honor of our Nation may be preserved, freedom be fortified, and Thy pur- 
poses be promoted on this planet. 

Grant, O Lord, that we may do only that which is right and wise and 
good for all. Give to us a calmness of mind and a steadiness of spirit that we 
may fulfill Thy will in this all too short life and find happiness in walking 
in Thy ways and working for Thy way. 

In the Master’s name, we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 1969 


Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor pre- 
ferring one another.—Romans 12: 10. 


Ovor Heaventy FaTHER, as we enter the gate of another day may it be in 
the faith that we are working for Thee and with our fellow Representatives 
on behalf of our beloved country. 

May Thy spirit have full sway in our hearts and in the hearts of our peo- 
ple. Let discord and division be removed, all dissension and discrimination be 
erased. Make us mindful that we are dependent upon each other, that we 
need each other and that we must learn to live together on these shores. Help 
us to respect the rights of others and help others to respect our rights. 

Above all remind us that we are here only for a little while and one day 
will lay down our tools and stand before Thee. At that time may we be un- 
afraid and unashamed because we have been faithful in our stewardship. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, JUNE 23, 1969 


Bear ye one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ —Galatians 
622: 


E,rernat Gop, who hast called us to pray and to work, sustain us with Thy 
power that we may be daily mindful of Thy presence and ready to help bear 
the burdens of others. 


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Guide us with Thy spirit that we may understand this troubled time in 
which we live and so lead us that we may use our talents to bring forth the 
fruit of faithful living. 

Grant unto us the wisdom to order the life of our Nation upon the prin- 
ciples of justice, righteousness, and good will. 

Give us the readiness to render real service to Thee, our country, and our 
fellow man, that out of our efforts may come peace to our world, peace to our 
Nation, and peace to our own hearts. 

Again death has invaded this Chamber. In the prime of his life our col- 
league has entered the life immortal. We thank Thee for his presence in our 
midst and for the contribution he made to our country through this body. 
Bless his family with the strength of Thy spirit and the comfort of Thy love: 
through Jesus Christ, our Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 1969 


In every nation he who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to 
Him.—Acts 10: 35. 


O Gop, Our Fatuer, who hast bidden us to let our light so shine before 
men that they may see our good works and glorify Thee, grant us grace to be 
faithful leaders of our people, thoughtful in our thinking, wise in our wis- 
dom, genuine in our goodness, and with hearts ever open to Thee. Weave 
our lives and the life of our Nation into the struggle for freedom and justice 
and peace in our world. 

Guide Thou our President, our Speaker, and these Members of Congress 
in their endeavor to find a just basis for the ending of war and in their efforts 
to discover a strong foundation for international cooperation and peace. 

Awaken in our people an abounding good will and tie it to an adventurous 
willingness to work with Thee for the good of all. 

To this end we commit our lives in the spirit of Jesus Christ, our Lord. 
Amen. 


FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 1969 


All things come from Thee, O Lord, and of Thine own have we given 
Thee.—I Chronicles 29: 14. 


O Tsou wiose WIspoM Is sO WISE THAT WE OFTEN DOUBT IT, whose 
love is so loving we often deny it, and whose truth is so true we often fear it, 
grant unto us such a full measure of Thy spirit that we many never doubt 
Thy wisdom, never deny Thy love, and never fear Thy truth. 


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Thou hast called us to live together in peace and good will. Let Thy pres- 
ence so move in men that the leaders of the world may find support for peace- 
ful procedures in their endeavor to establish justice, to maintain order, to 
develop understanding, and to build bridges between nations and people. 

Teach us to unite what we ought to do with what we will do, that walking 
in the way of Thy word and obeying Thy commandments, we may have life 
more abundant, liberty more abounding, and love more abiding—all to the 
glory of Thy holyname. Amen. 


TUESDAY, JULY 1, 1969 
He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much.—Luke 16: 10. 


O Lorp AND MasTER OF US ALL, who hast called us to be workers with 
Thee in the advancement of Thy kingdom, teach us to understand the 
meaning of this time in which we live with all its troubles and its triumphs. 
With this understanding may there come the spirit to deal with the de- 
manding duties of this day courageously, handling ourselves well in trouble 
and handling trouble for the well-being of our people. 

Sustain with Thy strength those who are in need. Inspire our people to be 
compassionate and helpful in their endeavor to provide assistance to those 
who seek work and who will work. 

Grant unto us, the leaders of this free land, the will and the wisdom to 
continue to build the life of our Nation upon the strong foundation of jus- 
tice and truth and good will. To this end may we be found faithful in our 
stewardship. . 

In the name of Him, who was always faithful, we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 1969 


The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness 
and faithfulness.—Galatians 5: 22. 


Auicuty Gop, Father of all men and ruler of nations, without whom no 
country can be great and no people can be good, we thank Thee for the 
blessings bestowed so abundantly upon us as a nation of free people. By 
our faith in Thee and Thy faith in us may we keep the spirit of freedom 
alive in our day realizing that it is a gift to be earned by just and good 
men of every generation. 

Make us as the representatives of our Nation more responsive to Thee 
and more responsible to our people that we may sincerely seek the good of 
all and endeavor to maintain our freedom in righteousness and peace. 


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Awaken in our citizens a willingness to make sacrifices for peace as well 
as for war. To this end we pray that they and we may think clearly, plan 
courageously, decide confidently, and by Thy grace achieve creatively for 
the good of man and the glory of Thy holyname. Amen. 


MONDAY, JULY 7, 1969 


Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him.—Psalm 37: 7. 


O Gop, Our FaTuer, grant that we may have so enjoyed our holiday that 
our bodies have been renewed and our spirits restored, making us ready 
for the responsibilities of these days. 

Give us steadfast hearts that no trouble may overcome, strong spirits 
that no temptation may overwhelm, and steady minds that worthy thoughts 
may keep wholesome. 

Teach us to serve Thee and our Nation faithfully and fully, to give and 
not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to labor and not 
seek for rewards, save that of doing Thy will and seeking the best for our 
people. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 1969 


God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble ——Psalm 
46: 1. 


Aumicuty Gop anp FATHER OF ALL MANKIND, whose love is the light of 
life and whose law is the litany of liberty, grant us wisdom to use in right 
ways the freedom which is our heritage by keeping ourselves dedicated to 
Thee and devoted to our country. 

Give us the faith to go out into this day with courage not always knowing 
where we are going but with the assurance that Thou art with us, Thy hand 
is sustaining us and Thy spirit supporting us all the way. 

Strengthen Thou the men and women in our Armed Forces throughout 
the world who are risking their lives on our behalf and seeking to keep 
freedom alive on this planet. By Thy grace may they be temperate in all 
things and may their homes be kept steadfast in loyalty during these days 
of separation. 

Bless those of our number into whose homes sorrow has come. Comfort 
them with Thy presence and give them strength as they live through these 
days. 


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In life and death, may they and we realize that Thou art our refuge and 
strength and underneath are Thine everlasting arms. 
In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 1969 


Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway 
for our God.—Isaiah 40: 3. 


O Gop Anp FATHER OF US ALL, at this high moment in our national life 
we bow at the altar of prayer invoking Thy blessing upon us and upon our 
noble endeavors. Shine Thou upon our Nation as we launch out into a new 
day. Bless our astronauts as they wend their way to the moon, as they land 
on its surface, and as they find their way back. Grant them safety all the 
way and may they return with their mission accomplished and their aims 
achieved. 

We thank Thee with glowing hearts that we live in an hour like this. 
May we play our part as participants in this crowning hour of our Nation’s 
history. 

In the spirit of the Pioneer of Life we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, JULY 17, 1969 


Make Thy Face to shine upon Thy servants; and teach us Thy stat- 
utes.—Psalm 119: 135. 


F,rernaL FATHER OF OUR SPIRITS, whose love never lets us go, whose 
strength never lets us down, and whose truth never lets us off, in the glory 
of a new day we lift our hearts unto Thee seeking guidance as we face the 
trying tasks of this turbulent time. 

We quiet our spirits in Thy presence and rest in the assurance that Thy 
strength makes us strong, Thy wisdom makes us wise, and Thy love makes 
us loving. 

Grant that in this hour we and our Nation may be messengers of hope 
to the nations of the world, particularly to those who sit in darkness without 
freedom but with faith in the coming day when liberty shall be the life of 
all. 

Bless us in our endeavors to lift humanity to the heights from whence 
cometh our help. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


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MONDAY, JULY 21, 1969 


The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His 
handiwork.—Psalm 19: 1. 


Evrernat Gop, Our FaTHER, as we come to Thee in prayer may Thy spirit 
expand our hearts with the life of Thy love, our minds with the wonder of 
Thy wisdom and our spirits with the security of Thy strength. 

On this glorious day when our astronauts have landed on the moon and 
walked on its surface the heart of our Nation rejoices and together we 
are filled with joy at the achievements of man in cooperation with Thee. 

Grant that we may wisely interpret the meaning of this event and be given 
insight into Thy great and gracious purpose for all mankind. 

While we look at the moon and are moved by the magnificence of this mis- 
sion may we also look at the miseries of men on this planet and seek to 
master them that all may live with dignity, respect, and good will. Thus may 
every heart rejoice at what man can do when he walks with Thee. 

In the spirit of Him who went about doing good we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, JULY 22, 1969 


Because Thou art my God, Thy gentle spirit shall lead me into the way 
of life—Psalm 143: 10. 


A umcxty Gop, may this day be radiant with the reality of Thy presence 
as we address ourselves to the tasks before us. Bless Thou our President, our 
Speaker, all Members of Congress, and all who work with them that they 
may set themselves to meet the challenges of this hour with confidence and 
courage. 

We do not pray to escape responsibilities, but to be made equal to them; 
not for removal of tasks, but to be made ready for them; not for burdens 
to be lifted from our hands, but to be lightened by the strength of Thy spirit. 

We pray for our country. May this beloved land of ours be the channel 
through which the blessings of freedom may come to the oppressed, light 
may shine upon those who sit in darkness, strength may come to the weak, 
weights be lifted from the weary, and the joy of liberty dwell in every heart. 

In the Master’s name, we pray. Amen. 


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THURSDAY, JULY 24, 1969 


The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?—Psalm 27: 1. 


O Gop, Our FaTHeER, in a world filled with the noise of those who put their 
faith in violence and whose loud clamor would drown out the efforts of those 
who seek the rights of men in the right way, we come praying to be kept 
steady in a world of change and to be made strong in a swiftly moving age. 
Grant unto us a vision of Thy greatness and an experience of Thy presence 
that we may lead our Nation in the good paths of righteousness and peace, 
Help us to meet this hard day with high courage, to do our demanding 
duties with undying devotion and to practice what we profess lest our pro- 
fessions be proven impractical. 
Give to these leaders of our people the insight and the inspiration to lead 
our beloved Republic in making the American dream a reality in our day. 
In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, JULY 28, 1969 


Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering.—Hebrews 
10-23. 


Most Mercirut Gop, who hast made us for Thyself so that our hearts are 
restless until they find rest in Thee, in this moment of prayer we renew our 
faith, we reaffirm the fact that Thou art with us, and we reenforce our 
desire to be of real service to our country and to our fellow man. 

May the splendor of Thy spirit and the strength of Thy presence be 
revealed in us and through us, particularly when we are assailed by the 
moods of frustration and futility and feel that all our endeavors are in 
vain. 

Bless the leaders of our land, these men and women of Congress and all 
who labor with them to creatively meet the demands of this distracting day. 
May their faith in Thee hold them up, keep them strong, and help them 
guide our Nation on the way to peace, justice, and good will. In the spirit of 
Christ we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 1969 


As we have opportunity let us do good unto all men.—Galatians 6: 10. 


Aumicuty Gop, on this first day of the rest of our lives, we pause in Thy 
presence uniting our hearts in prayer unto Thee. Fill us with the power of 


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Thy spirit that we may do our duties and carry our responsibilities with 
patient confidence and persistent courage. 

As we seek cooperation among the nations of the world in an effort to 
bring peace on earth and good will to man may Thy truth be in our minds 
and Thy love in our hearts. Bless our President in his journey as he works 
toward this end. 

Let us never be weary in well doing, let us always do good to all men, and 
let us forever seek the best even in the worst times. 

In the name of Him who lived the good life we pray. Amen. 


FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 1969 


Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in 
the midst of them.—Matthew 18: 20. 


O Gop anp FATHER oF Us ALL, at this noontide hour we pray that Thou 
wilt touch our spirits and transform our souls by Thy grace that we may 
have strength for the day, courage with each hour, and peace in every 
moment. 

Kindle within us the fire of Thy spirit and warm our hearts with the 
power of Thy presence that in the time of trouble we may be equal to every 
experience, ready for every responsibility, and adequate for every task. 

Grant that we may see Thy way more clearly and be given wisdom to 
work with Thee in making the world a better place in which Thy children 
can live together in abundant happiness, in abounding harmony, and in 
abiding hope. 

In the Master’s name, we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 1969 


Ask, and it shall be given; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall 
be opened unto you——Matthew 7: 7. 


O SPIT OF THE Livinc Gon, arise within us as we bow at the altar of 
prayer and lift our hearts into Thy presence. In this troubled time lead us 
beside the still waters where our souls can be restored and our faith renewed. 
In the quiet of this moment help us to hear Thy still, small voice and hear- 
ing it, obey it; and obeying it be led in right paths for Thy name’s sake. 
Direct and bless these leaders of our Nation that, in seeking to find solu- 
tions for the problems of this hour and endeavoring to discover a cure for 
the distress of our day, they first cleanse their own hearts and then may 
they see clearly to plan wisely and to move forward to the time when our 


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people shall live together in good will and the nations shall dwell together 
in peace. 

O God, make us good enough for this great day. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 1969 


The Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all 
generations.—Psalm 100: 5. 


O Gop, who art the Lord of heaven and earth, whose love lives forever and 
whose truth endureth through all generations, hear us as we pray lifting our 
hearts unto Thee. 

Thou hast called us to live together as brothers and has taught us that we 
belong to each other. Do Thou bless all endeavors leading toward peace in 
our world, justice in our Nation, and good will in all our hearts. 

Let Thy spirit so live in men and so move among them that the leaders of 
our Nation and of every nation may seek peaceful means to settle disputes, to 
maintain order, and to establish justice. 

Help us all to learn that peace depends upon understanding love; that law 
and order must be built upon righteousness and truth; and that justice can 
live only in the hearts of men of good will. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 1969 


We take courage and say “the Lord is my helper, I will not fear what man 
shall do unto me.” —Hebrews 13: 6. 


Our Heaventy Fatusr, we thank Thee for this new day fresh from Thy 
hand and pray Thou wilt help us to live it well. Cleanse our hearts and clear 
our minds that we may walk the upward way with Thee and with our fellow 
men. 

Grant that we may always be on the side of justice and peace and good will. 
In so doing may we seek to make this earth a finer planet in which men can 
dwell together safely and securely. 

We pray for our country, gratefully for the heritage of faith and freedom 
which is ours, humbly that we may prove ourselves worthy of this heritage, 
and positively that we may be given wisdom, understanding, and a concern 
to lead our Nation in right paths with true faith for the good of all. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 1969 
Now let Thy servant depart in peace.—Luke 2: 29. 


O Gop anp FATHER OF US ALL, who dost reveal Thyself in all that is good 
and true and beautiful, make in our hearts a quiet place and come and 
dwell therein. 

May the days ahead be a period of rest and relaxation for us and may we 
return ready in body and spirit for the tasks that lie before us. 

As we separate may Thy blessing be upon us to keep us healthy and 
strong, ever ready to serve our beloved country and always being about our 
Father’s business. 


God be in our heads and in our understanding; 
God be in our eyes and in our looking; 

God be in our mouths and in our speaking; 

God be in our minds and in our thinking; 

God be at our end—and at our departing. 


In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1969 


And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord, 
that it may be well with thee Deuteronomy 6: 18. 


O Gop, Our FATHER, the light of all that is true, the life of all that is good, 
and the love of all that is beautiful, we lift our hearts unto Thee that we 
may find wisdom, strength, and love sufficient for all our needs. 

Help us to walk in the light of truth, to live the life of goodness, and to 
share the love of the beautiful that we may play our part and do our full 
duty in this high hour of our national life. 

We pray that Thy spirit may enter the hearts of all people that our Na- 
tion, and all nations, may be free from malice and bitterness and be filled 
with goodness and good will. To this end and by Thy grace may we do 
justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with Thee. 

Bless the family of our beloved Senate colleague with the comfort of Thy 
presence as they walk through the valley of the shadow of death. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1969 
Unto Thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul—Psalm 25: 1. 


O Gop, Our Fatuer, who art the truth that keeps men free and the love 
that makes them good, give to us the faith to see life as it is, the strength 
to change for good what we can change for good, and the serenity to ac- 
cept calmly and courageously what we cannot change at this time. 

We pass through this world but once. Any good we can do, any kind- 
ness we can show, any help we can give do Thou help us to do it now, 
for we shall not pass this way nor live through this day again. 

May we the representatives of our people in loyalty to Thee and our 
country keep our lives committed to goals great enough for free men. 

In the spirit of Christ, we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1969 


Let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence 
and godly fear.—Hebrews 12: 28. 


A LMIGHTY Gop, Our HEAVENLY FATHER, we pause before the altar of 
prayer to lift our hearts unto Thee, praying for a fresh vision of Thy pres- 
ence, seeking guidance for this day and strength for our tasks. 

Increase our desire for clear thinking and honest dealing. Decrease in us 
any inclination for deceit and pretense. Stimulate us in our efforts to rise 
above the common level of life, to choose the hard right rather than the 
easy wrong, to live ever in the light and to serve Thee with all our might. 

Bless our Nation with Thy favor. Keep her free; and in her freedom 
enable her to foster in the hearts of men a true love for peace with justice 
and good will for all. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1969 


He who gives heed to the word will prosper, and happy is he who trusts 
in the Lord.—Proverbs 16: 20. 


O Gop, Our FaTuer, once more in this historic Chamber we respond to 
the call to prayer and in the quiet of this moment draw near to Thee. Make 
us aware of Thy presence as a quickening spirit, a sustaining power, a refuge, 
and a strength in the time of trouble. 


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We pray for our country that she may be guided and governed by Thy 
good spirit. Grant that all who call themselves Americans may be led in 
the way of truth, along the path of good will, and may hold the faith of 
our democratic life in a deep unity of steadfast purpose. 

Bless our President, our Speaker, the Members of this body, and all 
who labor with them. Keep them calm and steady, full of faith in Thee and 
in the power of our Nation to be a leading light among the nations of the 
world. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1969 


And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God.— 
Psalm 40: 3. 


O Tuov CREATOR OF THE WORLD AND THE SUSTAINER OF LIFE EVERY- 
WHERE, hear the song of our hearts as we sing with gratitude for the accom- 
plishments of our astronauts whom we delighted to honor yesterday. We 
thank Thee for their achievements in landing on the moon, for their safe 
return, and for the doors to a new future they have opened for us. May we 
have the courage and the faith to continue our technical and astronautical 
research for our own good and for the good of all. 

God bless our country, the land we love with all our hearts. Lead her 
into the new unity of a common faith and a common endeavor that we may 
be makers of goodness in men even more than makers of goods for men. 
Grant that our gratitude to Thee for Thy goodness to us may find its fruit 
in good will for one another. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1969 


O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together—Psalm 
ot 8. 


Aumicuty Gop, who are the source of all our blessings and the foun- 
tain of flowing love, help us to realize that Thou art always with us—seek- 
ing our good, forgiving our sins, and endeavoring to lead us in the ways of 
justice and peace. Prosper us in our work, guide us through our difficulties, 
and reward with the joy of living those who extend a helping hand to others 
who have lost their way in the world. 


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We invoke Thy blessing upon us as we labor for the good of our people 
and upon our Nation in these crucial times. Let not our adversaries triumph 
over us but let the glory of a just people increase from year to year. 

Sustain with Thy power those whom our people have placed in positions 
of authority and all who are entrusted with our safety and with the guardian- 
ship of our rights and our freedom. May peace and good will live in the 
hearts of our citizens and may our faith exalt our Nation in righteousness; 
to the glory of Thy holy name. Amen. 


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1969 


Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God.—John 14: 1. 


O Lorp, Our Gop, who art truth and love and who dost give Thyself 
to men to lead them in Thy way, grant unto us Thy spirit that we may give 
ourselves in service to our fellow men. 

May nations and races feel their kinship with each other since we are 
Thy children and may we learn to work together for the good of all. 

Bless those who are in need, all who are oppressed in mind and body and 
all who suffer. Particularly do we pray for our prisoners of war. Strengthen 
them and their families here at home, give them patience in suffering and a 
happy issue out of their affliction. May the day soon come when those now 
separated can be home together and enjoy their freedom in peace. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1969 


With Thee is the fountain of life; in Thy light shall we see light.— 
Psalm 36: 9. 


O Tuovu ETERNAL, SPIRIT WHOSE WILL FOR US IS PEACE AND WHOSE 
PURPOSES NEVER FAIL, we come to Thee seeking to know Thy will and 
praying for strength to do it as we enter this new day fresh from Thy hand. 

Amid the demanding duties of these disturbing days may we discover 
adequate resources in Thee and find our souls restored and renewed as we 
walk in right paths. 

We pray for our country—that all malice and misery, all narrow exclusive- 
ness may be swept away by Thy spirit and that honor, justice, and good 
will may be established among us. Thus may every person be given the 
opportunity to live a full, a free, and a fruitful life to the glory of Thy name 
and for the good of all mankind. Amen. 


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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1969 


See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that 
which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.—I Thessalonians 
Sield: 


Goo oF race AND Gop oF GLORY, in the midst of the troubles of this time 
we would find in the living water of prayer the spirit which can restore our 
souls, renew our bodies, and make us ready for the tasks of this new day. 

We are disturbed by the divisions in our world and in our Nation, weighed 
down by many worries, tempted to lose hope, and to give up because peace 
and justice seem so long in coming. We confess that we do so little when 
there is so much to be done. 

We pray for our country and for ourselves, the leaders of our people. 
May we not increase our divisions by any ill will but take advantage of 
every opportunity to spread good will so that our influence shall always be 
for the good of all. 

Give us courage to carry on, knowing Thou art always with us and believ- 
ing that with Thee we cannot fail. 

In the spirit of Him whose truth is marching on, we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1969 


The Lord bless thee and keep thee—Numbers6: 24. 


W ecome To THE ALTAR OF PRAYER, our Father, with grateful hearts as we 
remember the loving care with which Thou didst watch over our fathers as 
they founded and built our country. Time and again they found shelter under 
the shadow of Thy protecting love. Thou didst make of them bearers of 
Thy truth, champions of Thy law, and supporters of Thy kingdom. Give 
to us, their children, the courage and the strength to be true to our sacred 
trust. 2 

In days of distress and in times of trouble fortify our spirits with a deep 
faith in Thee who never slumbers nor sleeps. Keep alive with us the great 
memories of the past, the good experiences of the present, and the grand 
visions of the future. May we always labor for that spiritual harvest when all 
Thy children shall be gathered under the banner of truth and love, and 
stand united in a common brotherhood. 

In Thy holy name we pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1969 


Great peace have they who love Thy law; nothing can make them 
stumble. —Psalm 119: 165. 


Aumicuty AND Most Mercirut FaTHER, who are ever coming to Thy 
children with strengthening spirit, make us strong in Thee that we may serve 
our country with great and genuine devotion. 

Give us steadfast minds with no room for unworthy thoughts, serene 
hearts which no trouble can disturb, and strong hands with which to do Thy 
will in lifting our Nation to higher patriotic living. 

We commend to Thy loving care all who are giving their lives for our 
country, that living or dying they may win for our world the fruits of justice 
and peace. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1969 


Teach me, O Lord, the way of Thy statutes; and I will keep it unto the 
end.—Psalm 119: 33. 


O Txov wuo post REVEAL THYSELF TO MAN IN ENDLESS WAYS, deepen 
within us the sense of Thy presence as we lift our hearts unto Thee in this 
our morning prayer. As our fathers came to this altar to worship Thee, so 
do we bow before Thee humbly and reverently. 

With grateful hearts may we learn to labor in Thy spirit, to live in harmony 
with Thy laws, and to let love lighten and brighten our lives. 

Turn Thou our strength to the tasks of justice, mercy, and peace that as 
we work for the common good we may find joy and satisfaction in useful 
living. 

In Thy holy name we pray. Amen. 


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1969 


God is love and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in 
him.—I John 4: 16. 


O Gop, Our Faruer, we the Representatives of the people of this Nation, 
bow before Thee seeking strength for this day and guidance for these hours. 
Make this moment of prayer a moment when we are aware of Thy presence, 
a moment when we hear Thy voice calling us to lead our people in the ways 
of justice, peace, and good will. 


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Give to us a higher faith and a greater courage to seek to lift the lowly, to 
strengthen the weak, to encourage the discouraged, and to make this Nation 
a nation in which men are concerned about their fellow men. 

God bless this America of ours and help us to live together with respect 
for each other and with love in our hearts: through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen. 


MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1969 


God loveth righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the goodness of 
the Lord.—Psalm 33: 5. 


O spnur or THE Livinc Gop, who governs the world with righteousness 
and whose judgments are true and righteous altogether, grant that these 
Representatives of our people may be of one mind and of one heart as they 
seek to provide justice, to produce good will, to protect freedom, and to 
promote the welfare of all the citizens of our beloved land. 

Endue them with Thy spirit that with clear understanding, clean mo- 
tives, and creative principles they may rise above all self-seeking and 
through self-discipline be primarily concerned about the good of our coun- 
try and the brotherhood of man. 

Bless all the courts of justice in our Nation and particularly our Supreme 
Court opening on this day. Grant unto all Justices the spirit of wisdom that 
they may decide wisely and uphold the law as it is without fear or favor. 

May the Lord give strength to His people and bless them with peace of 
mind, purity of heart, and power of spirit to work together for the good of 
all men. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1969 


O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; for His mercy endureth 
forever.—Psalm 106: 1. 


Worn GRATEFUL HEARTS, O Gop, we acknowledge that Thou art the 
creator of the world, the sustainer of life, and the rock upon which we can 
build securely. We thank Thee for Thy constant care and Thy abounding 
goodness which are ours day by day. Truly Thy mercies are everlasting, Thy 
faithfulness endures through all generations, and Thy love abides forever. 
Therefore we put our trust in Thee. 

Bless our country with Thy guiding spirit and by Thy grace enable her 
to walk in the way of Thy commandments. May we as a free people always 


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be the champion of peace and justice in our world. Strengthen the ties of 
fellowship within our borders that we may live together with understand- 
ing, respect, and good will and give to every man the opportunity to live a 
full and a free life. May the love of Thy dear name bless every heart and 
every home. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1969 


They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.—Isaiah 40: 31. 


Aumicuty Gop, we thank Thee for all the blessings Thou hast so abun- 
dantly bestowed upon us. Do Thou help us to translate our thanksgiving into 
thanksliving and to live as Thy obedient and loving children. May we never 
forget who Thou art, who we are, and who our neighbor is. 

Grant to the Members of this body the strength and the courage to do what 
they truly believe to be right and good for our Nation. Deliver them from 
pride and prejudice, from intolerance and every evil way, and bind them 
together in a faith which will enable them to labor unceasingly for the best 
interests of our people. 

Look with Thy favor upon us, and may the words of our mouths and the 
meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, our strength 
and our Redeemer. Amen. 


‘MONDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1969 


There will be glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good.— 
Romans 2: 10. 


E,vrerna Gop, Our FaTHeEr, without whose blessing all our labor is in vain, 
grant that in the decisions we make we may be mindful of Thy presence and 
eager to do Thy will. Inspire us with a faith that never falters, a faithfulness 
that never fails, and a fidelity that never fades as we endeavor to do our duty 
for the good of our country. 

Kindle in the hearts of all men a true love for peace, a sincere desire for 
the triumph of truth, and an increasing concern for the welfare of all man- 
kind. So may Thy kingdom go forward, Thy will be done, and love live in 
the hearts of Thy children. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1969 


Be strong and of good courage, for it is the Lord your God who goes with 
you; He will not fail you nor forsake you.—Deuteronomy 31:6. 


O Gop, Our FaTuer, who art acquainted with all our ways and who dost 
love us in spite of our shortcomings, we pause in Thy presence acknowledg- 
ing our dependence upon Thee and offering unto Thee once again the 
devotion of our hearts. Confronting problems too difficult for us to solve 
and face to face with fears that frustrate us, we come to Thee for wisdom 
to rightly interpret the signs of this troubled time, for insight to see clearly 
the way we should take, and for strength to do what we ought to do for the 
good of our Nation. 

May the blessing of Thy spirit rest upon our President, our Speaker, and 
these men and women called to lead our country in a day like this and 
upon all who work with them and for them, Give to them the assurance of 
Thy guiding spirit and the feeling that underneath are Thine everlasting 
arms. 

O Thou who changest not, abide with us now and forevermore. Amen. 


MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1969 


The fruit of the spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth._— 
Ephesians 5: 9. 


O uR FATHER, who art in heaven, we wait upon Thee with receptive minds 
and responsive hearts that the uplift of Thy spirit can be ours as we face the 
beginning of a new week. May we take up the work of these days with 
courage and confidence knowing Thou art with us and believing Thou art 
endeavoring to lead us in great and good ways. Grant that what we do 
may fulfill Thy purposes for us, for our Nation, and for our world. 

Deepen the minds of men in truth and justice and mercy that order may 
prevail, laws be obeyed, good will be followed and people learn to live to- 
gether with reverence before Thee, with respect for each other, and with 
a real faith in our beloved country. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1969 


Blessed are they who observe justice and who do righteousness at all 
times.—Psalm 106: 3. 


We come to Ture, Our FatTuer, voicing the aspirations of our hearts 
in prayer, endeavoring to become aware of Thy presence, and seeking 
strength and wisdom for the tasks of this troubled time. During the pressure 
of daily duties we often forget Thee and in so doing we stifle the nobler 
impulses of our human nature. In this moment of prayer we would 
regain the feeling of our kinship with Thee. Help us to keep alive the sense of 
Thy spirit amid the labors of this day. 

Enrich the life of our Nation with righteousness and truth. Make us 
equal to our high tasks, reverent in the use of freedom, just in the exercise 
of power, generous in the protection of weakness, and genuine in the 
spreading of good will: to the glory of Thy holy name. Amen. 


MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1969 


The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His 
people with peace.—Psalm 29: 11. 


O Tuovu wuo art THE SHEPHERD OF OUR HUMAN HEARTS, restore our 
minds and renew our spirits as we wait upon Thee in this our morning 
prayer. We would linger silently and reverently in Thy presence until Thy 
spirit comes to new life within us. Then with courage, strength, and wisdom 
we would face the trying duties of this turbulent day. 

To Thy loving care we commend our Nation. So guide our President, 
so bless our Speaker, so direct these Members of Congress that filled with 
Thy spirit they may lead our people in right paths, by just ways, and 
along the solid road that ultimately brings us to an honorable peace, an 
enduring good will, and a willingness to work for the welfare of all mankind. 


“O Thou who dost the vision send 
And givest each his task, 
And with the task sufficient strength; 
Show us Thy will we ask; 
Give us a conscience bold and good; 
Give us a purpose true, 
That it may be our highest joy, 
Our Father’s work to do.” 
Amen. 


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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1969 


All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep His 
covenant and His testimonies.—Psalm 25: 10. 


Evernat Spirit, we pause with bowed heads at the opening of another 
day, lifting our spirits unto Thee, unto whom all hearts are open and 
all desires known. Teach us so to pray that Thy presence becomes real to 
us, that we endeavor more earnestly to do Thy will and to walk in Thy paths 
of peace. 

We come disturbed by the problems of this period, burdened by many 
anxieties, tempted to feel our labor is in vain, and wondering what the 
future holds for us and for our Nation. We pray for ourselves in these trying 
times that we may not add to the divisions that divide us by giving way 
to petty prejudices but by our dedication to Thee and our devotion to our 
country may increase our unity by an ever-widening spirit of good will. 

Give us strength to walk in Thy way, to travel in Thy truth, and to live in 
Thy light. 

We pray in the spirit of Him whose life is the light of men. Amen. 


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1969 


Come ye and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord; that He may 
teach us His ways and that we may walk in His paths.—Isaiah 2: 3. 


Evernat Gop, who art our refuge and strength, our present help in every 
hour of need, we would begin this day with Thee, we would continue it 
with Thee, and we would end it with Thee. May this be a day when we 
truly adventure with Thy spirit and in so doing increase in faith, advance in 
hope, and extend good will in our Nation and in our world. 

We pray for our country that our people may learn to be one in spirit, 
one in purpose, and one in a desire to live together harmoniously. As a 
result may we endeavor to bring peace to our world, understanding between 
nations, and a new sense of responsibility for the welfare of all mankind. 

In Thy holy name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1969 


He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under 
the shadow of the Almighty.—Psalm 91: 1. 


Aumicuty anp EvErLASTING Gop, above the disturbances of our busy days 
and the disorders of our troubled times we would come to Thee seeking the 


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calm of Thy holy presence. In the secret place of the Most High we would 
dwell, lifting our hearts unto Thee, praying for the guidance of Thy spirit 
and the direction of Thy wisdom as we face the experiences of another day. 

Help us to serve our country with persistent faithfulness and patient 
fidelity that we may keep our Nation the hope of the world and the channel 
of peace for our generation. By Thy grace may we continue to work for the 
day when nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they 
learn war any more. 

In the spirit of the Prince of Peace we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1969 


He that doeth the will of God abideth forever —I John 2: 17. 


E,rernat FATHER OF OUR SPIRITS, grant that in the worship of this moment 
and in the work of this day we may bear witness to the fact that we are Thy 
children. In our relationship with each other may we be generous in our 
criticism, just in our judgments, lavish in our praise, and loyal to the best 
in all of us. 

Give us insight into the needs of our generation, inspiration to do some- 
thing about them, and the confident assurance that Thou art with us, sus- 
taining us, and supporting us, as we endeavor to keep our Nation great in 
goodness and good in greatness. 

Unite us with all who are striving to safeguard our heritage of liberty and 
to keep our country forever the land of the free, the home of the brave, and 
the place where dwells justice and peace and good will. 

In the spirit of Christ we offer our morning prayer. Amen. 


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1969 


Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.— 
Matthew 7: 12. 


A umicuty Gop, who art the light and life of those who with true faith and 
hearty repentance turn unto Thee, have mercy upon us as we bow in this 
circle of prayer. Pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and 
strengthen us in all goodness, and bring new life to us as we wait upon Thee. 

With us is a deep weariness of body and within us is a disturbing unrest 
of spirit. We wonder what can be done, when we can do it, and who will 
help us do what ought to be done. Grant unto us the realization that with 
Thee all good things are possible and that we can be equal to every experience 
through the strength of Thy spirit living in our hearts. 


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Make us the kind of persons who can be trusted with Thy design for 
human brotherhood, with Thy determination for peace in our world, and 
with Thy desire for good will in the hearts of all people. 

In Thy holy name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1969 


The salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: He is their strength in the 
time of trouble-—Psalm 37: 39. 


O Gon anp FATHER OF US ALL, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace 
proceed, kindle in our hearts and in the hearts of all men a true love for 
peace. Guide with Thy wisdom all who are leading our Nation in these 
critical days, that justice may be our rule, good will our spirit, peace our 
aim, and liberty our very life. Breathe upon us, Breath of God, revealing 
Thy way and giving us courage to walk in it. 

We pray for those in the Armed Forces of our country and for our veterans 
everywhere. Particularly do we pray for our prisoners of war. In their loneli- 
ness make them aware of Thy presence, in their suffering give them to realize 
Thou art their refuge and strength, in their hopelessness may they find hope 
in Thee. With all our hearts we pray that ere long they may be released and 
find joy in a reunited family life and in living again in a free world. 

In the spirit of the Master we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1969 


With my whole heart have I sought Thee: let me not wander from Thy 
commandments.—Psalm 119: 10. 


O Gon, who art the loving Father of all mankind, make Thy presence 
known to us through the hours of this day. Merge our moods and our motives 
into Thine own mold that honesty, integrity, and uprightness shall mark all 
our endeavors. Grant unto us the peace of those who put their trust in Thee, 
the strength of those who obey Thy commandments, and the love of those 
who walk in Thy way. 

Give our citizens everywhere the mind and heart to heed the call of 
patriotic duty, to love our country with undying devotion, and to so live 
that the accent of our actions shall be in the spirit of cooperation. While 
there may be dissent let there not be dissension; while there may be differ- 
ences of opinion may there not be differences in relationships, and while 
there might be disagreements let them not develop divisions among us. 


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Out of the agitation of these days may there come into being a unity of 
spirit which will strengthen our efforts for peace with justice, peace with 
honor, and peace with freedom for all. 

In the spirit of the Prince of Peace, we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1969 


Be strong and of good courage, fear not, be not dismayed.—I Chronicles 
us conscious of Thy presence and which calls us to a rededication of our 
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Lorn oF our Lives, whose light is truth and whose love is life, we thank 
Thee for the dawning of a new day, for this moment of prayer which makes 
talents as we seek to lead our Nation in these troubled times. 

During the busy hours of this day help us to think clearly, to speak con- 
structively, and to act courageously that we may prove ourselves worthy of 
the positions we hold in our national life. 

Give us the steadfast faith to join all men of good will who follow the light 
which leads to an enduring peace and to the establishment of law and order 
where men of all colors and all creeds can live together safely and securely. 

In the spirit of Him who is the light of the world we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1969 


We do not grow weary; for though our outward man perish, yet the inner 
man is renewed day by day.—II Corinthians 4: 16. 


Oor Faruer Gop, ever ready to strengthen the souls of Thy children, we 
pause at this noontide altar of prayer to lift our hearts unto Thee. Into our 
littleness breathe Thou the greatness of Thy power, into our misunderstand- 
ings bring Thou the understanding of Thy wisdom, and into our troubled 
hearts let there come the steadiness of Thy strong spirit. Lift us from lower 
levels of living that, loving Thee fervently and serving our fellowmen faith- 
fully, we may find our true selves in Thee. 

We pray for our country. May the people of this free land not miss the 
right path amid the confusion of these times. With courageous hearts, crea- 
tive minds, and confident hands, help us to bring order into the disorders 
of this world, to expel ill will with good will and to replace low prejudices 
with high principles that we may leave behind us a better world, where men 
live together in peace. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1969 


He who would love life and see good days, let him turn away from evil 
and do right; let him seek peace and pursue it.—I Peter 3: 10, 11. 


O Gop, creator and sustainer of the universe and of this planet we call 
the earth, we Thy children, created in Thine own image, turn to Thee 
seeking strength for these hours, guidance for our undertakings, and good 
will for our relationship with other people. 

We are burdened by the distressing difficulties of our day and by the per- 
plexing problems that permeate our persistent pursuit of peace. Particularly 
do we pray for those who, meeting in Finland, are seeking to halt the nuclear 
arms race and for those who, meeting in France, are searching for an honor- 
able end to war. May real success crown these genuine endeavors. 

Grant wisdom to us and to all who are responsible for our Nation’s wel- 
fare. May peace come to our world with justice and freedom for all. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1969 


He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake —Psalm 
2artd: 


O THOU WHO ART THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, the Life of the faithful, and 
the Love of those who put their trust in Thee, let Thy spirit shine in our 
hearts as we wait upon Thee in prayer. Grant unto us the will to do Thy 
will that with faith in Thee alive within us we may let our light of hope 
shine before men. By Thy grace may we reverently use our freedom to 
maintain justice, to establish liberty, and to promote understanding among 
men and nations. 

Deepen our life as a nation in righteousness, truth, and good will. Mold 
us into one people, united in purpose and program, to keep our Nation 
free and to strengthen the bonds of fellowship between the citizens of our 
beloved Republic. 

Plant virtue in every heart, love in every home, light in every church, 
and liberty in every country, for Thy name’s sake. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 1969 


It is good to give thanks unto the Lord, to show forth Thy loving-kindness 
in the morning and Thy faithfulness every night.—Psalm 92: 1, 2. 


A.micuty Gop, Our HEAVENLY FaTHER, on this Thanksgiving eve we 
come to give Thee the humble and hearty thanks of our hearts for Thy 


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loving-kindness to us and to all men. Thy goodness has created us, Thy 
providence has sustained us, Thy patience has borne with us, and Thy love 
has redeemed us. May we reveal our gratitude to Thee and return Thy 
love by giving ourselves in greater service to our fellow men, in deeper de- 
votion to our beloved country, and by cheerfully cooperating with Thee 
in all things. 

In Thy holy name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1969 


The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His 
people with peace—Psalm 29: 11. 


O Tsou Wuose Mercy Is EverLAstTinc and whose truth endureth for- 
ever, direct us, we pray Thee, as we face the duties of another week. Grant 
unto us the wisdom of Thy wise spirit and the confidence of Thy creative 
mind that we may eagerly seek the best and the noblest in all things. Help us 
to be courageous when courage is needed, strong when strength is demanded, 
patient when patience is necessary, and kind when kindness is essential. 

Bless our President, our Speaker, Members of Congress, and all who work 
with them. May they be strengthened by the assurance that Thy hand sup- 
ports them as they endeavor to lead our country in the paths of righteous- 
ness and peace. 

In Thy name we pray. Amen. 


“TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1969 


Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart: for consider 
what great things He has done for you.—I Samuel 12: 24. 


Orr FaTHER, we thank Thee for the inspiration for great living this 
moment of prayer brings to us and for the insight into the meaning of life 
which comes as we pray. Never in vain do we call upon Thee. Always art 
Thou strengthening us with a strength which never lets us down. Always 
art Thou loving us with a love which never lets us go. Always art Thou 
leading us in true paths with a spirit which never lets us off. Give us grace 
to respond to Thee and with reverent courage to walk in Thy ways. 

Bless our Nation with Thy gracious favor and these Representatives of 
our people with Thy loving wisdom. Kneeling before the altar of truth 
may we be united in the codes of high moral living, deep religious faith, 
great patriotic fervor, and genuine desire for peace. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1969 


Your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of 
God.—I Corinthians 2: 5. 


Our HEAVENLY FaTuer, who art the source of all our being and the com- 
panion of our way, we thank Thee for the creative ideas which come to life 
within us and for the deeper experiences of daily existence which enable us 
to realize the power of Thy presence. We are grateful for every awakening 
of mind that comes helping us to see human need and bidding us to share 
with others what we ourselves so richly enjoy. 

By Thy spirit may we learn to live unselfishly and be concerned about the 
welfare of our people and the future of our country. Walking with Thee 
may we go forward building that which is good and true that Thy kingdom 
of justice and love and brotherhood may come upon this earth. Amen. 


MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1969 


The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it 
and is safe.-—Proverbs 18: 10. 


Aumicuty Gop, who art a strong tower of defense to all who put their trust 
in Thee, we, Thy children, come to Thee with gratitude for Thy steadfast 
love and praying that Thou wilt continue to be our refuge and strength in 
every hour of need. Grant us insight and courage to shun the voice of moral 
compromise and to shy away from all that is morally questionable. 

In hours of decision, during times of temptation, through days of re- 
sponsibility, and amid periods of suffering may we have the royalty of an 
inward peace that comes to those whose minds are stayed on Thee. Teach 
us to value a clear conscience, a clean mind, a pure heart, and a sense of Thy 
presence before all the honors earth can bring to us. 

In thought, word, and deed may we glorify Thy holy name as we seek 
the good of all mankind. Amen. 


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1969 


May the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and 
to all men.—I Thessalonians 3: 12 


Aumicuty anv ETERNAL Gop, conscious of our obligation to the his- 
toric past, aware of the opportunities of the present, and with faith in the 
beckoning future, we humbly join our fathers in the affirmation—“glory be 
to Thee, O Lord most high.” 


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Thou hast been wonderfully good to us and we are grateful. Thy spirit has 
led us. Thy hand has supported us, and Thy love has filled our hearts with 
good will. Make us one with Thee, we pray, as we face the duties of this day. 

Standing as Americans together may we lift high the banner of freedom, 
strengthen the arm of justice, build bridges between races, classes, and na- 
tions, and keep ourselves ever mindful of Thy presence and ready to do 
Thy will. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1969 


God is the strength of my heart—Psalm 73: 26. 


E:rernat F ATHER, from whom we come and unto whom our spirits return, 
we bow our heads in adoration and gratitude before Thee. We thank Thee 
for every gift of Thy grace which lifts us and guides us, making us better 
men and better women. 

We need Thy strengthening presence to support us through these troubled 
days, to keep our hearts free from the bitter spirit of hate and resentment, 
and to keep them filled with the happy spirit of love and good will. 

We pray for our Nation and for the nations of the world. May the angels’ 
song of good will among men be heard again and may the earth send back 
the song which now the angels sing. Led by Thy spirit, help us to live to- 
gether in peace and with good will in all our hearts; through Jesus Christ, 
our Lord. Amen. 


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1969 


Let Thy work appear unto Thy servants and Thy glory unto their chil- 
dren.—Psalm 90: 16. 


Our FATHER in heaven and on earth, author of our being, sustainer of our 
lives, and the giver of every good gift, we lift our hearts unto Thee praying 
that Thy spirit may so possess us that it will crowd out all evil intentions and 
enable us to think great thoughts, to do generous deeds, and to live genuinely 
good lives. Thus may we hallow Thy presence this day and all through the 
Advent season. 

We commend to Thy loving care the men and women in our Armed 
Forces. Keep them strong when tempted, steadfast when lonely, and steady 


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in the performance of duty when in peril that they may serve Thee without 
stumbling and without stain. Bless their homes through these days of separa- 
tion and keep them loyal to each other, to our country, and to Thee. 

Crown with success, we pray Thee, the efforts of our conferences to end 
war and to mark the beginning of peace on this planet. To this end may we 
follow the leading of Thy spirit. Amen. 


MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1969 


Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be 
to all people—Luke 2: 10. 


O Txovu Wuo art THE Source oF Licut anp Lire, whose Glory is in all 
the world, without whom no one is good, no one is wise: we remember with 
joy that the universe is Thy creation, life is Thy gift, and Thy love is offered to 
all the children of men. Lift our thoughts from the littleness of our own 
works to the greatness and the goodness of Thine and help us so to behold 
Thy glory that we may grow into the likeness of Christ. Help us to worthily 
celebrate His nativity this Advent season with hearts of compassion, deeds of 
kindly service, and the spirit of good will toward all mankind. In the name 
of Him who gives life tomen, we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1969 


Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who ts Christ the 
Lord.—Luke 2: 11. 


O Gop, Our Faruer, who has brought us again to the glad season when 
we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ; grant that Thy spirit in Him 
may be born anew in all our hearts and that we may joyfully welcome Thee 
to rule over us. Open our ears that we may hear again the angelic chorus of 
old; open our eyes that we may see the star that shines forever in our sky; 
open our lips that we may sing with uplifted voices, “Glory to God in the 
highest and on earth peace, good will among men.” 

As we enter the portal of this new day help us to be faithful in the dis- 
charge of our duties, honorable in our dealings, and loving in mind and 
heart; to the glory of Thy holy name. Amen. 


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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1969 


Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among men of good 
will__Luke 2: 14. 


Our HEAVENLY FATHER, who hast come into this world of darkness to 
bring light, into this world of worry to bring peace, and into this world of fear 
to bring faith, may Thy blessing be upon us and upon each one of our homes 
this Advent season. Do Thou lead us as we seek earnestly to be worthy fol- 
lowers of Thy wholesome way. 

Make our feet to walk along the road to Bethlehem where we may give 
due honor and praise to Thee whose love gave us Christmas Day. May 
we so make room for Thee in all our hearts that we may live at peace with 
one another and in good will with all Thy family. 

In the spirit of Him whose birthday we celebrate we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1969 


Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given; and His name shall be 
called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of 
Peace.”’—Isaiah 9: 6. 


Evrerna Spirit, who hast been our refuge and strength in every age and 
who art our help in this hour of need, grant unto us Thy blessing this Ad- 
vent season and give to us the assurance of Thy presence as we draw near 
Christmas Day. 

May the joy and good will that passes around the world at this time 
be ours and may we respond to Thy love by giving ourselves in greater de- 
votion to the welfare of our people and in deeper dedication to cooperation 
among the nations. So may we learn to live at peace with ourselves and in 
good will with all Thy family. 

“We hear the Christmas angels 
The great glad tidings tell: 
O come to us, abide with us, 
Our Lord Immanuel.” 
Amen. 


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1969 


We have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him.— 
Matthew 2: 2. 


E, rernat Gop, Our Farner, send Thou the light of Thy spirit into the 
darkness of this world and into the turmoil of these times. 


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Let the star of love shine upon every heart and upon every family that 
good will may live within us and in every home in our land. 

Let the star of hope be seen by the eyes of men and may they continue _ 
to look up even in dark days and amid discouraging experiences for Thou 
art the hope of the world. 

Let the star of truth shed its light into the spirits of men, cleansing them 
and empowering them to walk in Thy way and to live Thy life. 

Led by Thy star may we walk the way revealed to us as did the shepherds 
of old and the wise men from distant lands and in Thee find light and life 
and love. 

“As with gladness men of old 
Did the guiding star behold; 
As with joy they hailed its light, 
Leading onward, beaming bright; 
So, most gracious Lord, may we 
Evermore be led to Thee.” 

May the Lord watch over us as we depart, and when we return may His 
spirit guide us and our Nation through another year. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


NINETY-FIRST CONGRESS 


Second Session 


MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 1970 


Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.—Ephesians 6: 10. 


O Gon anp FATHER OF US ALL, may we follow the leading of Thy spirit as 
we face another year and enter another decade. Bless us with Thy presence 
and help us always to be receptive to Thee and responsive to the needs of our 
fellow men. 

At this high altar of prayer, the center of the spiritual life of our Nation, 
we pray for our President, our Speaker, Members of Congress, and all who 
labor with them, that they may be strengthened to meet confidently the 
searching demands of this stirring day. 

Keep ever before us the goal of a better world with justice alive in our 
world, with peace between nations, and with good will in the hearts of men. 

Hear us as we unite in offering unto Thee the Prayer of our Lord: 

Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. They kingdom 
come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily 
bread. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. 
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine ts the 
kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. 

Amen. 


TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 1970 


Whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine and doeth them, will be like a 
wise man who built his house upon a rock.—Matthew 7: 24. 


Evrernat Gop, who are the refuge of the humble and the strength of the 
faithful, help us to realize more than ever that the only firm foundation upon 
which our Nation can build safely is a true faith in Thee and in a real devo- 
tion to moral and spiritual values. 

May the security of our American way, the survival of our democratic 
spirit, and the support of our free institutions find inspiration in the assurance 
of Thy power, Thy wisdom, and Thy love. 

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Each day may we keep ourselves committed to Thee whose love never 
falters, whose light never fades, and whose life never fails. Thus may we face 
this day with courage and faith knowing Thou art with us always and all the 
way. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1970 


I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help.— 
Psalm 121: 1. 


O Lorp, Our Gop, take our impatient spirits into Thy patient hands and 
breathe into them the power and the peace of Thy presence. Lift us above 
the clamor which is about us and the confusion which is around us and lead 
us to the high hills from whence cometh our help for the present and our 
hope for the future. O spirit of the living God make Thyself real to us as 
we pray. 

Unto Thy loving care we commit our Nation. Make us worthy of the 
sacrifices which established on these shores a free people. Save us from the 
folly of our own foolishness and by sterling character, strong integrity, and 
steadfast faith may our Nation become a real blessing to the nations of the 
world. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 1970 


Thou shalt remember all the way the Lord thy God led thee-——Deuteron- 
omy 8: 2. 


Evrernar Gop, who didst lead our fathers to these shores that they may 
bring forth a just and a free nation, give Thy grace to us their children that 
we may be ever mindful of Thy presence and ever eager to do Thy will, with- 
out whom people cannot prosper, races cannot reason reasonably, and na- 
tions cannot live together in peace. 

Grant that by the aid of Thy spirit true democracy may come to new life 
in our land, that government and industry and labor shall faithfully serve 
our people, and that our people in a real spirit of unity shall love our country 
with undying devotion. 


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Bless our President as he speaks to us and to our Nation this day. Make 
him wise with Thy wisdom, strong in Thy strength, good through Thy good- 
ness and may he lead us in the paths of peace. 

Bless our Nation abundantly and make her a blessing to all the peoples of 
the world. 

In the spirit of the Pioneer of Life we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 1970 


To this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living 
God.—I Timothy 4: 10. 


O Tuovu Erernat FATHER OF OUR SPIRITS, in this quiet moment at the 
beginning of another week we lift our hearts unto Thee who art the source 
of all our being and the goal of our noblest endeavors. We pray for strength 
to carry our burdens, wisdom to see through the problems we face, insight to 
discover what is right, and courage to walk in right ways. 

With all our hearts we pray for our country, for Members of Congress, 
all who work with them, and for our people scattered far and wide on this 
land of the free. By Thy spirit may we learn to live together with respect for 
others in our minds, with good will for others in our hearts, and crown our 
good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 1970 


Happy is the man that findeth wisdom and the man that getteth under- 
standing.—Proverbs 3: 13. 


Aumicuty Gop, who art our light in darkness, our life in trouble, and our 
love in sorrow, bless us as with one mind we draw to Thee seeking the power 
of Thy presence and the guidance of Thy spirit. 

Throughout this day keep our hearts with Thee that in quiet confidence 
we may solve the perplexing problems of these hours with a wisdom greater 
than our own. 

In the midst of this divided world send us forth as heralds of good will 
crossing all barriers of class and creed that we may make our contribution to 
the glorious day when justice and freedom shall live in every heart and in 
every nation. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


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THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 1970 


If you believe in goodness, if you value the approval of God, fix your mind 
on the things which are holy and right and pure and beautiful and good.— 
Philippians 4: 8 (Phillips). 


Ovr Fatuer Gop, who hast taught us that only the pure in heart can see 
Thee, cleanse our hearts of all impurity, all impenitence, and all impatience. 
Give to us such a love for that which is good and true and beautiful that we 
may be made strong in temptation and give strength to those who are tempted 
as we are. 

Let not our strength fail, our steps falter, or our spirits faint as we labor for 
the good of our beloved America. 

This day, and every day, may we place our hands in Thine, look up to 
Thee, and face the hours with faith and fortitude knowing Thou art with 
us and we are with Thee as we endeavor to lead our people in the ways of 
justice and the nations in the paths of peace. 

We pray in the spirit of Him whose life is the light of men. Amen. 


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1970 


Bless ye the Lord, all ye hosts; ye ministers of His, that do His pleasure.— 
Psalm 103: 21. 


Aumicuty anp ETERNAL Gop, at the beginning of International Clergy 
Week, we pause in Thy presence to pray for the clergymen of our land and 
our world. Give them grace to walk worthily in the calling to which they have 
been called, to serve Thee with all humility and patience, to help our fellow 
men with all sympathy and love, to promote integrity and good will in our 
Nation with all eagerness and enthusiasm, and to pave the way to peace in 
our world with all earnestness and sincerity. In all they plan may Thy 
thoughts guide their thinking, Thy wisdom make wise their minds, Thy love 
warm their hearts, and Thy purposes purify their lives. 

Our lives are richer by reason of the ministry of those who minister in Thy 
name. Accept our gratitude for their presence in our midst. 

Our Father, another of our colleagues has gone home to be with Thee. 
Receive him into Thy heavenly glory and bless his family with the comfort of 
Thy presence and the love of Thy spirit. Strengthen them for this experience 
and guide them step by step as they face the days ahead. 

In Thy holy name we pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1970 


Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward being; therefore teach me 
wisdom in my secret heart.—Psalm 51: 6. 


O Gop, Our FATHER, who desirest truth in the inward life, in this dis- 
turbing day when falsehoods wear the masks of truth as they appeal for the 
allegiance of men, grant unto us the spirit of discernment and the wisdom 
of the wise that we may not be deceived by the followers of evil who wear 
the flower of heaven on their lapels and seek to disguise their low motives 
by the lofty flavor of high sounding words. 

Help us to keep looking at that which is good and true and excellent that 
we may keep in step with Thee as we move forward to a better day when 
our Nation shall be great in spirit, great in good will, and great in the 
brotherhood of men. 

In the spirit of Him who is the way, the truth, and the life, we pray. 

Amen. 


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1970 


Teach me to do Thy will; for Thou art my God; Thy spirit is good; lead 
me into the land of uprightness—Psalm 143: 10. 


O Gop, Our FATHER, whose will is peace, whose nature is love, and whose 
desire is that we live in peace with Thee and in love with one another grant 
unto us a vision of Thy purpose for mankind as we lean on the windowsill 
of heaven and look up to Thee in prayer. 

Deliver us from antagonisms that annoy us, from trifles that try us, 
from disagreements that make us disagreeable, and by Thy spirit make us 
great in goodness, good in our greatness, and genuine in all our endeavors 
on behalf of our beloved country. 

Amid the problems that perplex us and the difficulties that dismay us 
do Thou strengthen and sustain our spirits and lead us in the paths of 
righteousness for Thy name’s sake. Amen. 


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1970 


The ways of the Lord are right and the just shall walk in them.—Hosea 
it tes 


O Tuov Gon of all goodness and of all grace; we assemble here in this 
historic Chamber to call to mind once again the birthday of our first Presi- 
dent, whom we acknowledge to be the Father of our Country. 


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We recall with pride his willingness to adventure, his courage amid diffi- 
culties, and his devotion to the high principles of righteousness and justice 
which led him to champion the cause of freedom in our land. 

Above all we thank Thee for his faith—the faith which time and again 
sent him to his knees in prayer seeking guidance and strength and wisdom 
that he might keep in step with Thee. 

May the memory of this great spirit spur us to greater efforts in the 
adventure of bringing peace, freedom, and justice to this troubled world. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1970 


And now abideth faith, hope, and love, these three; but the greatest of 
these is love —I Corinthians 13: 13. 


O Gop anp Faruer of mankind we call to mind before Thee the men 
and women who come from other lands to visit our country and to study 
at our universities in an attempt to learn something about our way of living. 
Keep alive in them and in us the love of that which is good that goodness 
may live in all our hearts. 

Particularly do we pray for the President of France who visits us this 
day. Guide his country and ours that together we may walk in Thy ways 
and make freedom, justice, and peace an increasing reality in our troubled 
world. Let no bitterness separate us, but may good will fill our hearts 
and bind us together in a fellowship of kindred minds seeking the good 
of all mankind. 

In the spirit of the Prince of Peace we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, MARCH 2, 1970 


He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.—Psalm 


rs he 8 


Ovr Heaventy FaTuHErR, mindful of our responsibilities as the leaders of 
our people we bow before Thee praying that we may be led in right paths 
for the sake of our beloved America. May Thy spirit guide us that we be 
saved from false choices and be lifted to new heights of creative endeavor 
and courageous action. Together as leaders and people may we be physi- 
cally strong, mentally awake, morally straight, and religiously alive. 

We pray for the family of our beloved colleague who has gone home to 
be with Thee. We are grateful for his devotion to the district he represented, 
for his dedication to our country he loved with all his heart, and for his faith 


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in Thee which held him steady throughout his life. May the comfort of 
Thy presence abide with his family and may the strength of Thy spirit dwell 
in all our hearts. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 1970 


Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within 
me? Hope thou in God.—Psalm 42: 5. 


O Txov wHose PRESENCE UNDERLIES ALL THAT WE DO, whose power 
overarches all that we say, and whose peace surrounds all that we think, 
we bow at the shrine our fathers founded and lift our spirits unto Thee in 
prayer. As we offer unto Thee the devotion of our hearts, may the fruits 
of Thy spirit—love and joy, gentleness and goodness, patience and peace— 
come to new life within us. 

We pray for our country and for our people in every section of our land. 
May the hungry be fed, the ignorant receive knowledge, the fearful find 
faith, and the weary come to rest at eventide. Grant that we may do all 
we can that children be raised to walk in right and good paths, that youth 
discover high ideals for clean and creative living, and that adults in body 
become adults in mind. 

Abundantly bless our President, our Speaker, Members of Congress, and 
direct them in all Thy ways—to the glory of Thy holyname. Amen. 


MONDAY, MARCH 9, 1970 


So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our 
inner nature is being renewed every day.—II Corinthians 4: 16. 


Evrernat Gop, whose paths are mercy and truth and who dost endeavor 
to lead Thy children to the heights of righteousness and peace, we come to 
Thee seeking light upon our way, strength for our tasks, wisdom to see 
clearly, and the courage to do what ought to be done for the well-being 
of our country. 

Help us to live this day with joy and peace, without stumbling and with- 
out stain, because Thou art with us and we are with Thee. May the labor 
of these hours be in accordance with Thy holy will and for the good of all our 


people. 


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“Come, O Lord, like morning sunlight, 
Making all life new and free; 
For the daily task and challenge 
May we rise renewed in Thee.” 
Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 1970 


Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at His holy hill; for the Lord our 
God is holy—Psalm 99: 9. 


ea, Lorp, Our Gop, whose glory is in all the world and whose goodness con- 
tinues forever, we commend ourselves and our Nation to Thee that being 
conscious of Thy presence, governed by Thy spirit, and living in Thy love we 
may dwell secure in peace and good will. 

Bless our land with wise government, sound learning, and vital religion. 
Save us from discord and disunity, from pride and prejudice, and from vice 
and violence. Strengthen the bonds of friendliness between the citizens of our 
beloved land and make strong the ties of fellowship between the nations 
of the world. Plant love in every heart, truth in every home, faith in every 
church, justice in every nation, and peace in all our world. And may the 
love of Thy dear name hallow every noble endeavor for good. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, MARCH 16, 1970 


Be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope 
in the Lord—Psalm 31: 24. 


O GRACIOUS FATHER OF MANKIND, our spirits’ unseen friend, to Thee our 
prayer ascends at the beginning of another week. Help us to live through 
these troubled times with faith and hope and love. Let not our strength 
fail, nor our vision fade, nor our trust in Thee falter in the heat and burden 
of the day. Make us patient with one another and understanding, remem- 
bering that each one faces demanding duties and each one walks a lonely 
road. 

Sustain us, O God, as we endeavor to do our duty, to seek the best for our 
country, and to lead our people in right and good paths. Day by day, 
whatever befalls us, may we hold Thy hand, look up to Thy face, and 
endeavor to walk with Thee until our work is done and our day comes 
toa close. In Thy name we pray. Amen. 


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TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 1970 


Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he 


will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love 
Him.—James 1: 12. 


O Gop Our FATHER, who opens the gates of the morning and calls us to 
a new day, we commit our lives and our work unto Thee in the glad assur- 
ance that Thou art with us within the shadows and behind them working 
out Thy purpose for mankind. 

In these trying times when our souls are troubled as we seek the good 
of man, when so much is demanded of us who would serve this present 
age, grant unto us insight and inspiration together with courage and confi- 
dence that we may prove ourselves worthy of the tasks our country has 
placed in our hands. 

Confronted by problems too great for us to solve by ourselves we are 
driven to Thee for wisdom to see what must be done, for courage to set out 
to do it, and for strength to complete it. 

O God, make us great enough and good enough for these challenging 
days. In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 1970 


Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.—Isaiah 12: 2. 


Evrerna Sprit, who art the hope of the world and the help of all who 
put their trust in Thee, be Thou our hope and our help as we come to Thee 
in this our morning prayer. Lead us to the rock that is higher than we, and 
there may we find strength for each day, courage for each hour, confidence 
for each minute, and faith for each second. Thus may we defeat the foes 
that would conquer our spirits by being strong in Thee. 

Our prayer leaps across the boundaries of color, creed, and culture to 
include the world in which we live. In spite of differences, bind us together 
in a common obedience to the moral law and make our faith real enough 
and strong enough to unite mankind in a fellowship of kindred minds. 
While it is yet day may we choose light and not darkness, love and not hate, 
truth and not falsehood, peace and not war—to the glory of Thy holy name. 

Amen. 


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MONDAY, MARCH 23, 1970 


All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness for those who 
keep His covenant and His testimonies.—Psalm 25: 10. 


O Gop, Our FarHeEr, whose power is without measure and whose judg- 
ments are true and righteous altogether, from the busy world about us and 
at the beginning of another day we would quiet our hearts in Thy presence 
and wait for Thy still, small voice. 

Grant unto us the wisdom to know what we should do and the strength 
to do it Thy way. Undergird our lives that we may make decisions wisely, 
walk the high road of noble purpose faithfully, and with outreaching sym- 
pathy seek to heal the wounds of our human family. 

We may move along an unknown path but we go forward with a firm 
faith in the reality of goodness, truth, and love and with the abiding assur- 
ance that Thou art with us. 

In the name of the Master of men we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1970 


This doin remembrance of Me.—Luke 22: 19. 


As WE CONTINUE OUR WAY THROUGH Hoty WEEK, Our FATHER, we 
would climb the stairs that lead to the upper room where we may be still 
and know that Thou art God, and from Thee receive forgiveness for our sins, 
love for our hearts, wisdom for our minds, and humility for our spirits. 

Here we pray for our families whose affection and understanding make 
life worth living, for our friends whose faithfulness and friendliness make 
our existence a joy, for our Nation where freedom is a rich blessing and in 
whose heart we seek good will with justice for all, for the nations of the 
world, asking that we learn to treat them as we want them to treat us. 

From this upper room of prayer send us out into the world to do justly, 
to love mercy, and to walk humbly with Thee. 

In the spirit of the Master we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, APRIL 6, 1970 


Choose you this day whom ye will serve: as for me and my house we will 
serve the Lord.—Joshua 24: 15. 


O Lorp, Our Gop, who art the light of the world and the life of men, let 
Thy light shine upon us and Thy presence come to new life within as we 


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pray in spirit and in truth. Strengthen our hearts that we may now and 
always be reverent in thought, word, and deed. 

Bless our country with Thy gracious favor and make our people one in 
spirit, one in purpose, and one in steadfast good will. Whatever our differ- 
ences, may we realize that we are one in Thee and may this bond of unity 
be increasingly strengthened until we learn to live together as good Amer- 
icans in our great America. 

In the spirit of the Master we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 1970 


O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before Him, all the 
earth, for He shall judge the world with righteousness.—Psalm 96: 9, 13. 


O Goo anp FATHER OF MANKIND, who hast preserved us as a nation and 
hast given us this good land for our heritage, grant unto us, who lead the 
people of this country, an unfailing and unfaltering devotion to Thee and 
to the welfare of our citizens. 

Give us insight to see clearly what must be done to meet the needs of our 
countrymen, feeding the hungry, strengthening the weak, establishing justice, 
and building good will. 

With this insight give us the inspiration to do it Thy way until justice and 
righteousness shall rule our Nation and peace and good will shall reign 
in the hearts of all nations. 

In Thy holy name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 1970 


He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much.—Luke 16: 10. 


Evrernau Gop, we pray for our Nation set today amid the perplexities of 
a changing order and face to face with great new tasks. We remember with 
pride how our leaders in times past arose to the occasion defending our 
liberties and preserving our unity. We recall with love the influence of dedi- 
cated spirits who devoted themselves to the welfare of our people. 

Now we come to Thee in this challenging day praying that we may have 
courage to meet our tasks with clarity of purpose, strength to carry our 
responsibilities with high honor and faith to serve our people with fine 
fidelity. 

God bless America. Let Your healing, cleansing, and strengthening power 
move in our hearts as a nation and bring us together who belong together, 
who need each other, who can help each other and who would enjoy each 


other. 


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Bless our astronauts. Grant unto them the peace of Thy presence, unto 
their families the strength of Thy spirit and unto us all the assurance that 
Thou art with us as they safely return toearth. Amen. 


MONDAY, APRIL 20, 1970 


Remember the day in which you came out of the land of slavery; for it was 
by a strong hand that the Lord brought you out.—Exodus 13: 3. 


O Lorp Our Gop, and God of our fathers, we greet Thee at the beginning 
of another week and on the eve of the Passover of our Hebrew brethren. As 
Thou didst lead the children of Israel out of the house of bondage into the 
promised land of liberty, so do Thou lead us into a new day of greater jus- 
tice, of larger freedom, and of a finer spirit on the part of all our people. 

Cleanse the hearts of men of the passions of hate and strife, of greed and 
lust for power, and fill them with faith and hope and love. Speed the Pass- 
over of the future when injustice shall cease, intolerance shall vanish, and 
freedom and peace shall reign forever. Hasten the day when all men shall 
learn that they are brothers and with joy proclaim Thee the God and Father 
of us all. 

And we thank Thee for the safe return of our astronauts. 

In Thy holy name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, MAY 4, 1970 


Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.—Ephesians 6: 10. 


Aumicuty Gop, infinite in wisdom, power and love, whose mercy is over all 
Thy works and whose will is ever directed to Thy children’s good, humbly we 
bow in Thy presence as we pray for those in the service of our country, par- 
ticularly those who are prisoners of war—absent from their loved ones yet 
always present with Thee. Protect them from all dangers of body and spirit, 
grant unto them humane treatment, help them to be patient with themselves 
good to their fellowmen, and strong in Thee who art the strength of all Thy 
children. 

Bless their families with the assurance of Thy presence and the comfort of 
Thy spirit. May they look forward with faith and hope to a safe return of 
their loved ones and to the end of the war. 

We pray for the family of our beloved colleague who has gone home to be 
with Thee. Grant them Thy comfort and the strength of Thy spirit as they 
live through these days. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 1970 


Thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord.— 
Deuteronomy 6: 18. 


Aumicury Gop, who knowest our needs before we ask and who art en- 
deavoring to lead us in right and good paths, we turn to Thee in this fellow- 
ship of prayer seeking light for our lives, hope for our hearts, and strength 
for our spirits, 

We come to Thee in the midst of the problems and perplexities of daily 
living praying for greater faith, for higher wisdom, for broader sympathies, 
and for deeper good will. We are tempted to doubt, to yield to moods of 
depression, and to become cynical. By the might of Thy spirit restore our 
souls and lead us into the green paths of righteousness, peace, and love for 
Thy name’s sake and for the good of all mankind. 

Guide our Nation in these troubled times. Bless our President, our Speak- 
er, Members of Congress, and all who work under the dome of this glorious 
Capitol. Increase our influence for good in the world by our genuine reliance 
upon Thee and by our generous response to the needs of our fellow men. In 
the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, MAY 11, 1970 


God is not far from each one of us, for in Him we live and move and 
have our being.—Acts 17: 27, 28. 


O Gop anp FaTHER oF us ALL, we bow before Thee reverently and humbly 
as we begin the work of another week. Thou art with us every moment of 
every day. Help us, we pray Thee, to be aware of Thy presence as we en- 
deavor to lead our people in right and just and good paths. 

We thank Thee for brave words and courageous deeds which have made 
our Nation great among the nations of the world. In this moment we pray 
for those who with word and deed are seeking to keep our Nation great in 
this day—our leaders in Congress, the men and women in the Armed Forces 
of our country, those who labor for peace and freedom, and all who strive 
for liberty in law and law in liberty. 

Give truth to our minds, love to our hearts, courage to our spirits, and 
strength to our hands that we may make patriotism shine with loyalty and 
love and life. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 1970 


If thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find Him, if thou seek Him 
with all thy heart and with all thy soul—Deuteronomy 4: 29. 


Aumicuty anp ETERNAL Gop, without whom no one can live wisely and 
well, reveal to us Thy will and show us Thy way amid the problems of this 
perplexing period. As we draw near to Thee in prayer, so do Thou draw near 
to us, that in all the decisions we make we may be mindful of Thy presence, 
eager to do Thy will, and ready to walk in Thy way for the good of our 
beloved United States of America. Enlighten our understanding, purify our 
desires, strengthen every noble purpose, and make us diligent among the 
demanding duties of this disquieting day. 

Give to these Members of Congress the willingness to listen to the voices 
of our day and with that the greater willingness to listen to the voice of the 
ages as we seek what is right and good for our country and endeavor to lead 
our people in the ways of peace and good will. To this end may our lips 
praise Thee, our lives bless Thee, our works glorify Thee, for Thy name’s 
sake. Amen. 


TUESDAY, MAY 19, 1970 


The peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts 
and your minds.—Philippians 4: 7. 


O Gop AND FATHER OF US ALL, Thou hast made us to live in faith with 
Thee and in love with one another, yet our world is worried by war, our 
Nation divided, and our own lives troubled. We confess our faults, our lack 
of faith, and our failure to love. Forgive us, we pray, and help us from this 
day forward to be more responsive to Thee and more ready to react 
affirmatively to the needs of our fellow men. 

Bless our Nation, our President, our National and State leaders. Par- 
ticularly do we pray for the Members of this House of Representatives, our 
Speaker, and all who work with them. May they take time to listen to Thee 
and, in so doing, be given insight to see clearly the way to take, courage 
to walk in that way, and patience to persist in pursuing peace at home 
and abroad. May they be channels through which justice and freedom and 
good will can come to greater life in our Nation and in our world. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


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THURSDAY, MAY 21, 1970 


Blessed be the name of God forever and ever: for wisdom and might 
are His.—Daniel 2: 20. 


Our FarHEr Gop, reveal to us Thy glory as we turn our thoughts upward 
and lift our hearts into Thy presence. May discernment and discretion with 
confidence and courage arise within us with new vigor as we open our 
minds to Thee who art always understanding, always merciful and al- 
ways seeking our good and the good of our people. 

Grant unto us as we pray such an awareness of Thy spirit that this day 
may be spent in Thy service and for the best interests of our country. Give 
to us the grace to ask what Thou wouldst have us do that in Thy wisdom 
we may be saved from false choices, in Thy light we may walk and not 
faint, and in Thy love we may live with true freedom, through Jesus Christ 
our Lord. Amen. 


MONDAY, MAY 25, 1970 


He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and who so trusteth 
in the Lord, happy ts he-—Proverbs 16: 20. 


O THOU WHOSE PRESENCE SURROUNDS US, whose Power supports us, and 
whose Peace sustains us, our minds and hearts widen with wonder when 
we consider how mindful Thou art of us and how eager to lead us in right 
and just and good paths. 

Inspire us, we pray, with a deeper concern for the welfare of mankind 
and instill in us a greater desire to walk with Thee and to work together 
that Thy kingdom of righteousness and peace may come and Thy will be 
done on earth. 

Bless these Members of Congress as they endeavor to maintain a free 
society which respects the dignity of the individual and where understand- 
ing and justice are established. May they be united in spirit as they seek 
to solve the problems that beset this challenging day. 

We pray for the family of our beloved Architect who has gone home to 
be with Thee. May the comfort of Thy spirit abide in their hearts now and 
forever. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 1970 


With the Lord is strength and wisdom.—Job 12: 16. 


Dear Lorp AND FATHER OF US ALL, as the quiet splendor of a new day 
dawns upon us we look up to Thee seeking the guidance of Thy spirit, the 
goodness of Thy presence and the greatness of Thy power. In the heat and 
burden of this day let not our spirits fail, our steps falter nor our strength 
fade. Help us to stand visibly and vitally for what is right and just and good. 

Bless our beloved Speaker and his wife, Harriet. We thank Thee for his 
long and faithful service in this body and for his wise and sound leadership 
as the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Grant unto this wonderful 
couple health and strength for years to come. 

Keep in our hearts the loving remembrance of those who across the years 
have given their lives for our country and for those who even now are giving 
their lives or have become prisoners of war that we may be one nation under 
Thee with liberty and justice for all. Amen. 


MONDAY, JUNE 1, 1970 


Thou shalt guide me with Thy counsel.—Psalms 73: 24. 


A tuicuty AND EvEeRLASTING Gop, who hast created us in Thine own 
image and called us to live together in the spirit of brotherhood, grant unto 
us to fearlessly contend against evil, to make no peace with oppression and 
to use our freedom in the maintenance of justice between men, good will 
among our people, and peace in our world. 

We pray for our Nation in these troubled times. Direct the decisions of 
these Members of Congress that they may be in accord with Thy will, seek- 
ing the welfare of our country and the well-being of all mankind. 

Guide the nations of the world into the ways of justice and truth and 
establish among them the peace which is the fruit of righteousness and good 
will—to the glory of Thy holy name. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 1970 


Let all the ends of the earth remember and turn again to the Lord — 
Psalms 22: 27. 


Aumicuty AND ETERNAL Gop, who exaltest the nations that follow the 
way of righteousness, we pray for our President, our Speaker, Members of 
Congress, and all to whom have been committed the government of this Na- 
tion. Grant unto them wisdom, understanding, and strength that, upholding 


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what is right, supporting what is good, and following what is true, they may 
fulfill Thy purpose for mankind. 

We pray for the President of Venezuela and the people of that great land. 
May we be one in spirit as we seek to promote peace in the world, coopera- 
tion between the nations, and good will among all people. 

In the spirit of the Prince of Peace, we offer the morning prayer. Amen. 


. 


MONDAY, JULY 6, 1970 


Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord God is everlasting strength.— 
Isaiah 26: 4. 


Our Heaventy FaTuer, we thank Thee for our brief recess, for the 
rest of the nights, for the refreshment of the days, and for the beginning of 
another week. As we face the tasks and trials of these hours help us to trust 
Thee completely and strengthen us to do what we ought to do. 

Bless these Representatives and protect our country, keeping them all in 
Thy love and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 1970 


Every good tree bringeth forth good fruit—Matthew 7: 17. 


We open our MINDS UNTO THEE, Our FaTuer, and pray that Thy 
spirit may come anew into our hearts, giving us power for the living of these 
days. Remove from within us any bitterness that blights our lives, any resent- 
ment that ruins our dispositions, and any worry that wearies us and wears 
us out. 

Help us to think cleanly and clearly, to speak forcefully and faithfully, 
to work heartily and hopefully, and to live trustfully and truly. In this spirit 
may we learn to do what is best for our country and good for our world. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, JULY 9, 1970 


Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free —John 8: 32. 


E,rernat Gop, Our FaTuer, we come to Thee in this quiet moment pray- 
ing that Thy spirit may shine into our hearts darkened so often by doubt 
and fear. Strengthen and guide us as we seek sincerely to lead our Nation in 
right paths, along peaceful roads, and make plain the ways we should take. 


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Help us to realize that freedom must be won by every generation. With 
Thy spirit may we keep the flag of the free flying in our land and ultimately, 
we pray, in our world. 

Grant that all threats to liberty be met with courage and with confidence, 
assured that Thy power undergirds the struggle for freedom. 

In Thy name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, JULY 13, 1970 


Thou art my rock and my fortress: Therefore for Thy name’s sake lead me 
and guide me.—Psalm 31: 3. 


Aumicuty anp Ever.Lastinc Gop, who art the Father of all mankind, we 
turn from the activities of the day to lift our spirits unto Thee from whom 
all blessings flow. Keep us ever mindful of Thy presence for without Thee 
all our labor is in vain. 

We pray for guidance as we face the duties of these hours, as we make our 
decisions, and as we plan for the welfare of our beloved America. For cour- 
age and faith we pray that through these difficult days we may do justly, love 
mercy, and walk humbly with Thee. 

Bless those who serve under the flag of our country, these Members of 
Congress, the men and women in our Armed Forces, our prisoners of war, 
and those in civilian offices. Keep us all united in the common cause of life, 
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all men. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, JULY 14, 1970 


The Lord is my strength and my shield: my heart trusts in Him and I am 
helped.—Psalm 28: 7, 


EF, vernat Gop anp F ATHER OF US ALL, in whose presence our restless spirits 
find peace, by whose guidance we are led in the paths of righteousness, and 
under whose banner we find our souls renewed, we turn from the tumult of a 
troubled world, not to evade it, but to be given insight to face our perplexing 
problems with a courageous faith, a confident hope, and a creative spirit. 

Bestow upon us an abundance of good, sound commonsense, season it 
with understanding, flavor it with love, stir it with truth, that out of our 
efforts on behalf of our country may come a greater unity of free men living 
together in good will striving for peace in our world. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 1970 


O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth for- 
ever.—Psalm 118: 29. 


O THOU IN WHOM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING, and from 
whom flows the life that is in us all, we thank Thee for the mercies which 
daily attend our days. For family and friends, for homes in which love rules, 
for churches in which we can worship as we desire, and for a Nation that 
is free, we thank Thee. For tasks which make us strong, for truth which 
enforces our endeavors for justice, and for love which enfolds us in our search 
for peace, we thank Thee. 

Strengthen us to struggle against every enemy of the human spirit, to stand 
valiantly for what is true, right, and good, and help us so to live our own 
lives that when night comes we may not only receive praise from Thee but 
may also have the inner assurance of having fought a good fight and having 
kept the faith. 

Bless our dear ones with the gift of Thy grace, comfort the sorrowing, heal 
the sick, and give light to all who sit in darkness. Bless our Nation with Thy 
favor and bring peace to all the nations: So may Thy kingdom come and Thy 
will be done on earth, to the glory of Thy holyname. Amen. 


MONDAY, JUNE 8, 1970 


The spirit of the Lord is upon me because He hath sent me to heal the 
brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and to set at liberty 
them that are bruised.—Luke 4: 18. 


O Gop anp Faruer oF us ALL, whose concern for the welfare of Thy chil- 
dren never fails and who calls us to be concerned about the well being of 
our people, prosper, we pray Thee, the labors of those who seek to minister 
to the needs of our countrymen, especially our prisoners of war. For these 
prisoners we offer a special prayer. Comfort them with Thy heavenly grace, 
strengthen them in their trials, and keep alive in them the hope of release 
from capture and a reunion with their families. 

May the replicas picturing the state of our prisoners in our Capitol crypt 
arouse our people to the need of doing all we can to relieve their suffering 
and may we not rest until it is done. 

In the name of Him who is the strength of our lives, we pray. Amen. 


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TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 1970 


Be doers of the word and not hearers only—James 1: 22. 


O Gop, Our Faruer, who art the creator of the world and the sustainer of 
life, into Thine ennobling presence we lift our spirits this day. Awaken in us 
the realization that Thou hast a purpose for each one of us, that life is filled 
with meaning, and that Thou dost even now speak to us in a still, small voice. 
Hushed we stand in Thy presence, seeking Thy guidance, eager to do Thy 
will, and ready to make our land a safe place in which to live. 

Somehow we have failed in many ways. This Nation is not what it ought 
to be. There is too much violence, too much ill will, too much division. We 
pray that through the power of Thy spirit we, the representatives of our 
people, may bring a new unity of purpose to our country, a higher value of 
true patriotism, a greater conception of what it means to be an American, 
and a more passionate concern for the welfare of our citizens. 

May our example in maturity help bring maturity to those younger than 
we. In the Redeemer’s name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 1970 


He looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker ts 
God.—Hebrew 11: 10. 


O Gop or Grace AND GoopnEss, we thank Thee for America with her 
high mountains, her deep valleys, her broad plains; for her homes, her 
churches, her schools, her Government; above all, for her people dedicated 
to faith, to freedom, and to the fruits of democratic living. We thank Thee 
for the heritage which is ours—the good gifts of the past—and we pray that 
we may continue these good works in the present, taking steps which lead to 
the higher ground of a free and a just society. 

Help us and our people to accept our responsibilities as citizens of this 
Republic we love—to vote intelligently, to pay our taxes readily, to obey the 
laws of our land fully, to give our influence to right and good causes heartily, 
and to live as free men ought to live, going beyond the requirements of jus- 
tice and mercy. 

Thus may we begin to feel a bit at home in Thy kingdom, through Jesus 
Christ our Lord. Amen. 


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MONDAY, JUNE 15, 1970 


Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, that men may go into the 
gates of the nobles.—Isaiah 13: 2. 


O Gon or TRUTH AND Love, we come to Thee this day as we unfurl 
the starry banner of our life as a nation and celebrate its birth. Floating high 
in the air may it ever speak to men of liberty and justice, of peace and 
good will. Wherever it goes, whenever it is seen, may it bring hope to the 
oppressed, freedom to those in bondage, and light to all who sit in darkness. 

Under this banner and by Thy grace may we keep moving forward toward 
the goal of a free world at peace, with liberty and justice for all. To the 
glory of Thy holy name. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 1970 


Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on Thee——Psalm 


Zonal: 


Evernat Gop, Our FATHER, who hast brought us to the beginning of a new 
day, grant that in all our ways and always we may remember that Thou art 
with us. Help us to do our duties, to carry our responsibilities, and to make 
our decisions with sincerity of mind and genuineness of heart. Remove from 
us all pretense, all deceit, all hypocrisy, and by Thy spirit may we do what we 
believe to be right for our country and good for our people. 

Fill our lives with the mood of love and the motive of service that we may 
leap the boundaries of class, color, and creed and seek to minister to the 
needs of all Thy children. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 1970 


O keep my soul and deliver me; let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust 
in Thee.—Psalm 25: 20. 


I nrinrre anp ETERNAL Gop, whose way is life, whose work is truth, and 
whose will is love—let Thy presence abide in our hearts this day and all 
days, that seeking Thy life we may find it, searching for Thy truth we may 
discover it, and striving for Thy love we may possess it. Thus may we dwell 
together safely and securely, proving ourselves faithful to Thy trust in us. 

We commend our country to Thy loving care and keeping. Guide our 
leaders in right paths and our people in true ways for Thy name’s sake. 


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Particularly do we pray for the men and women in our Armed Forces and 
for our prisoners of war. Strengthen them to endure what must be endured 
and give them hope for the end of conflict, for peace, and for a safe return 
to their loved ones. 

In the spirit of the Prince of Peace we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, JUNE 22, 1970 


Lead me in Thy truth and teach me: for Thou art the God of my salva- 
tions on Thee do I wait all the day.—Psalm 25: 5. 


O Gop anp FATHER OF ALL MEN, who changest not in a world of change, 
who art forever loving, forever forgiving, and forever patient, amid the 
tumult of these troubled times we would enter the peace of Thy presence, 
receive the strength of Thy spirit, and go forth to labor with Thee in mak- 
ing this planet a better place in which men can live together. 

Help us to build on earth a rule of peace and good will, a reign of hu- 
man rights where there shall be no hunger, no discrimination, no lack of 
education, and a realm where man can grow not only in body, but even 
more in mind and, best of all, in spirit. 


“Set our feet on lofty places: 
Gird our lives that they may be 
Armored with all Christ-like graces 
In the fight to set men free, 
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, 
That we fail not man nor Thee.” 
Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 1970 


And ye shall proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabi- 
tants thereof.—Leviticus 25: 10. 


O Gop, Our FATHER, in this sacred moment we would rise above the 
feverish activities of a seething world where we can be still and hear Thy 
voice seeking to guide us as we face the perplexing problems of this difficult 
day. During this hour of our national life, when the world’s best hope for a 
bright tomorrow is largely in our frail hands, do Thou help us to preserve our 
heritage of freedom, to proclaim liberty to all the world, and to promote 
peace and good will among all people. 

To this end bless our President, our Speaker, Members of Congress, and 
all who work with them that in this day of decision we may not lose the 
way. 


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“Cure Thy children’s warring madness, 
Bend our pride to Thy Control: 
Shame our wanton, selfish gladness, 
Rich in things and poor in soul, 
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, 
Lest we miss Thy Kingdom’s goal.” 
Amen. 


MONDAY, JUNE 29, 1970 


Say to them that are of a fearful heart, be strong, fear not: behold your 
God will come and save you.—Isaiah 35: 4. 


Aumicuty anp EvERLAsTING Gop, quiet our hearts and strengthen our 
spirits as we wait upon Thee in prayer. During trying times like these keep us 
steadfast and strong and renew in us the assurance that goodness never fades, 
truth never falters, love never fails. May there come to us the lift of life that 
is given to those whose talents are dedicated to noble purposes and whose lives 
are devoted to the welfare of our country. 

We pray for our beloved America that in this day of decision she may be 
delivered from all envy and greed, all misunderstanding, and ill will which 
are the seeds of division and be led to a finer spirit of unity and a greater 
desire to serve which will make her quick to welcome every adventure in 
cooperation and open wide the doors of opportunity to all men: To the 
glory of Thy holyname. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 1970 


Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together 
in unity.—Psalm 133: 1. 


Gop OF OUR FATHERS, aS we draw near the day when we celebrate the 
birthday of our independence as a nation, we pause to acknowledge our 
dependence upon Thee, to thank Thee for Thy guiding spirit in the past, 
and to pray that the power of Thy presence may fit us fully for the future. 
Without Thee we can do nothing, but with Thee all good and great things 
are possible. 

We remember with affection and honor those who have given and are 
giving their lives on behalf of our country and in the service of noble causes. 
By the power of every life usefully lived, by the spirit of every person worthily 
engaged, may we make our Nation great in moral character, great in religi- 
ous faith, great in justice and in the brotherhood of man. 


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May the words of our mouths, the worship of our hearts, and the works 
of our hands be useful in ushering in the day when men and nations shall 
learn to live together peacefully, in freedom and with good will toward all. 
In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, JULY 20, 1970 


Let the peace of God rule in your hearts and be ye thankful—Colos- 
BARS oo tact: 


O Gop Our F 'ATHER, we rejoice in the dawning of another week and pray 
that we may be so conscious of Thy presence and so receptive to the leading 
of Thy spirit that we may walk more worthily in Thy wholesome ways. We 
know that Thou art with us and we want to feel that we are with Thee. 

Deepen our faith, increase our love, strengthen our hands that we may be 
faithful to Thee, devoted to our country, and true to the best within us. 
We do not ask Thee to remove our temptations but to give us power to meet 
them courageously, to manage them confidently, and to master them crea- 
tively. We do not pray for tasks equal to our strength but for strength equal 
to our tasks; not for responsibilities we can carry easily but for an inner spirit 
to carry our responsibilities, however heavy. 

Grant unto us such greatness of soul, such gentleness of spirit, such good- 
ness of heart that we may do our duties with due regard for the rights of 
others. So may we be just and kind in all our ways and honest and straight- 
forward through all our days. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 1970 


True justice is the harvest reaped by peacemakers from seeds sown in a 
spirit of peace—James 3: 18 (new English Bible). 


O Lorp, Our Gop, who hast made this earth a grand place in which man 
can live, reveal to us Thy will and renew Thy love in us that responding to 
Thee we may learn to live together on this planet in peace and with good 
will. 

Help us to feel Thy presence within us this day seeking to guide us as we 
determine our decisions and striving to assist us in leading our people along 
the roads to righteousness, our Nation along the ways of justice, and our 
world along the paths of peace. 


“Incline our hearts with Godly fear 
To seek Thy face, Thy word revere; 


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Cause Thou all wrongs, all strife to cease 
And lead us in the paths of peace.” 


Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. 


THURSDAY, JULY 23, 1970 


Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation: and uphold me with Thy free 
sptrit—Psalms 51: 12. 


Aumicuty Gop, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and 
from whom no secrets are hid, make Thy presence known to us throughout 
the hours of this day. Fill our minds with wisdom, our hearts with love, 
and our spirits with the desire to walk humbly in the way of Thy command- 
ments. 

We are glad that we are American citizens and that we live in this blessed 
land of liberty. Let no violence, no prejudice, no discord dim our vision of 
a free people living together harmoniously, working for peace in our world. 

Bless our President, our Speaker, our Members of Congress, and all who 
work under the dome of this Capitol. Bless every individual citizen that 
the sacred rights of a free people may be ours forever. 

In the name of Him who keeps men free we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, JULY 27, 1970 


Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us.—Psalm 90: 17. 


Gon or Grace anp Gop oF Goopngss, in the glory of another day, throb- 
bing with the loveliness of summer, we pause in Thy presence with hearts 
aflame with the beauty about us—the blue skies, the green fields, and the 
flowers in bloom. May this beauty be a sacrament in which we become more 
aware of the greatness of Thy spirit. 

Bless these Representatives of our Nation. Give them wisdom and guidance 
in all their deliberations. Endow them with pure motives, patriotic en- 
deavors, and unselfish service. Lead them in leading our people in the ways 
of righteousness and peace. So shall we, looking up to Thee, learn to laugh 
and love and live, to the glory of Thy holy name. 

We pause in sorrow as we think of the passing of our beloved colleague, 
Mike Kirwan. We thank Thee for the great contribution he made to our 
country serving so well and so faithfully in Congress. May the memory of 
his grand spirit linger forever in our hearts. Comfort his family with Thy 
presence and strengthen us to carry on the work which now must be done 
without him. 

In Thy holy name we pray. Amen. 


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WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 1970 


We are laborers together with God.—I Corinthians 3: 9. 


Aumicuty Gop, from whom we come, with whom we live, and in whose 
fellowship is our true life, we bring our spirits to Thee in the quiet of this 
moment of prayer. From the tumult and turmoil of the world we enter the 
sanctuary of Thy presence seeking peace and strength and wisdom as we 
tace the duties of this day. 

Empower all within these hallowed and historic walls who labor for the 
good of our country and who endeavor to lead our people in just ways to 
bring to their tasks the very best that is within them, ever standing up for 
the truth, siding with justice, and strengthening the good will in our world. 

In the spirit of the Master we pray. Amen. 


FRIDAY, JULY 31, 1970 


If we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience—Romans 


8: 25. 


O Gop, creater and preserver of all mankind, we commend to Thy loving 
care and wise guidance the men and women who lead our Nation in these 
troubled times. Support them and strengthen them, we beseech Thee, and 
so prosper their endeavors that our people may be led in the ways of justice, 
by the roads of righteousness, and along the paths of peace. 

We pray for all who serve under the glorious banner of our great country. 
Particularly do we pray for those who struggle for freedom and more par- 
ticularly do we pray for our prisoners of war. May they have faith and 
courage to endure what must be endured, patience amid suffering, a happy 
issue out of their affliction, and a glad reunion with their faithful families. 
Hasten the end of conflict and grant us peace in our time, O Lord. 

We pray in the spirit of Him who came to bring us Thy peace. Amen. 


MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 1970 


Know ye that the Lord is God: It is He that hath made us and not we 
ourselves: We are His people and the sheep of His pasture —Psalms 100: 3. 


Aumicury anp Evertastinc Gop, Shepherd of the seeking souls of men, 
at this noontide altar of prayer we bow in reverence and humility before 
Thee, praying for ourselves, for our Nation, and for peace in our world. 


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Grant unto us worthy intelligences and a willingness to use them for the 
welfare of all our people and the well being of the nations. Teach our people 
the futility of violence, the foolishness of prejudice, and the folly of bitter- 
ness. Under the guidance of Thy spirit lead us into the ways of understanding 
and cooperation, peace and good will. 

To this end cleanse Thou our own hearts, purify the hearts of our people, 
and prepare us for the coming of the better day of Thy kingdom when men 
shail learn to live together in peace. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 1970 


My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart and my 
portion forever.—Psalm 73: 26. 


O Gop, who hast given us minds to think, hearts to love, and hands to 
work, help us to use our minds to think Thy thoughts, our hearts to love 
in Thy spirit and our hands to do Thy work according to Thy will. Make 
us so conscious of Thy presence that amid trials and troubles we may put 
first things first, grow in sympathetic outreach in our concern for others, 
and become stronger within ourselves. 

Bless the statesmen of our country who give nobility to life and purpose to 
human destiny; who seek faithfully to protect our land from mortal enemies 
without and moral weakness within; who make no peace with oppression 
but are ever seeking the way to justice and peace among the nations of the 
world. 

So guide us and sustain us in all our ways this day and every day. In the 
spirit of Him who is the Lord of life we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 1970 
Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.—Ephesians 6: 10. 


O Gop anp FATHER OF US ALL, we thank Thee for our homes and pray 
that Thou wilt bless all who live within our family circles. We are grateful 
for Thy mercies which daily attend our days, for food, clothing, and shelter, 
for the warmth of our affections and for the ties that bind us together. 
Help us so to live each day and so to love one another that we may never 
be afraid or ashamed but always may our hearts be happy, our thoughts 
good, our words gentle, our deeds genuine, and our hands ready to help. 


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Daily renew our strength, replenish our love and restore our faith that we 
may face life bravely because we face it together. As we come to family re- 
union day this Sunday deepen our love for one another and for Thee that 
love may reign in every room in our hearts and rule in every room in our 


homes. 
In Thy Holy Name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 1970 


Finally, brethren, be of one mind, live in peace: and the God of love 
and peace shall be with you.—II Corinthians 13: 11. 


O Gon, who art the light of all who put their trust in Thee and the life of 
those who walk in Thy way, we draw near to Thee in the quiet of this 
moment of prayer seeking strength and wisdom for the tasks of this day. 

We bring to Thee our responsibilities to ourselves, to one another, and to 
our country, and we would see them in the light of Thy will for us. Em- 
powered by Thy spirit we would carry them with honor to Thee, to our 
Nation, and to ourselves. 

Again we bow in sorrow at the remembrance of our beloved colieague 
who has gone to his eternal home. We thank Thee for his presence in our 
midst and for the contribution he made to our country as a Member of this 
body. Comfort his family with the assurance of Thy spirit and strengthen 
them for this experience and for the days that lie ahead. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 1970 


Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I watt on Thee.—Psalm 
yay i 


O Gop anp FATHER OF US ALL, who art a strong tower of defense to all 
who keep faith with Thee, we Thy children come before Thee in gratitude 
for Thy steadfast love and Thy enduring truth. In Thee alone is our hope 
and in Thee alone is the strength of our Nation. 

In our restlessness may we know the peace of Thy presence, in our fears 
the faithfulness of Thy spirit and in our uncertainties the certainty of Thy 
creative love. May our little efforts for good be supported by the greatness 
of Thy power and the goodness of Thy grace. 

We remember in Thy presence all those bound to us by the ties of family, 
friendship, and the fellowship of working together; all who work for our 
country at home and abroad; all who serve in our Armed Forces and for 


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our prisoners of war. Give to us such a depth of social vision and such a 
width of social concern that we shall seek the release of the captives, the 
end of war, and the coming of peace. 

In the spirit of Him who sought the good of all mankind, we pray. Amen. 


FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 1970 


Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.—Psalm 37: 7. 


O Gop, whose spirit dwells in the heart of every man and who art seeking 
to lead Thy children in living happy and useful lives, grant that we may be 
strong of will, loyal in affection, and great with good thoughts as we en- 
deavor to guide our Nation in these days of decision and destiny, Make us 
instruments through which justice and good will may come to our Nation 
and make our Nation a channel through which truth and love may flow into 
our world. 

To this end bless our President, our Speaker, and these Representatives of 
our people. Lead them in finding the way to a lasting peace, an enduring 
justice, and an abiding good will in our Nation and among the nations of 
the world. 

May our recess be a source of refreshment and recreation and may we 
return renewed in body and spirit to carry on the work for our beloved 
country. 

In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1970 


The Lord is good, a great help in the day of trouble: And He knows 
those who trust in Him.—Nahum 1: 7. 


Renewep In spiiT AND RESTORED IN MIND, Our FATHER, we return 
from our recess ready for the responsibilities we face in these troubled and 
trying times. Give us strength to do our work well this day and all days. Let us 
not turn from its difficulties, nor evade its challenges, nor seek to escape its 
duties. 

Help us to keep our minds clear, our hearts clean, and to live so faith- 
fully that no failure can dishearten us, no frustration can discourage us, and 
no fear can take away from us the joy of an inner integrity. 

God bless America, we pray Thee, and lead her and all nations in the 
paths of peace. By Thy grace alive within us may we remove all bitterness, 
reduce all misunderstanding, and learn to live together in the spirit of a 
genuine good will: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1970 


I therefore beg you to live a life worthy of the calling to which you have 
been called.—Ephesians 4: 1. 


Evrerna FATHER oF our spirits who in Thy word hast revealed to us the 
way, the truth, and the life, lead us, we pray Thee, to walk in Thy way, help 
us to believe Thy truth and give us courage to live Thy life. Strengthen our 
hearts that in the midst of doubts within and disturbances without we may 
hold fast to those things we believe to be right and good for all. 

Grant Thy blessing to all who work under the dome of this Capitol and 
to all who serve our Nation around the world. May all of us be made strong 
to do what ought to be done and what must be done if law and order is to 
prevail, if justice is to be done, and if people are to live together in peace. 

In the spirit of the Master Workman we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1970 


The just shall live by faith Romans 1: 17. 


Aumicuty anp Most Mercirut FaTuer, we begin the week conscious of 
our own need and yet aware of Thy great power to sustain us in our endeav- 
ors on behalf of our beloved land. Keep us faithful in the performance 
of our duties, loyal to every high and holy principle, responsive to the needs 
of our citizens, and above all receptive to the leading of Thy living spirit. 

We pray for our country—that as a people we may be delivered from 
malice, bitterness, and ill will. Strengthen within us all a true sense of jus- 
tice, a due regard for the rights of others, and a genuine spirit of good will. 
Together may we get in step with Thee and with one another as we go 
forward to one Nation with liberty and justice for all. 

In the Master’s name, we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1970 


He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under 
the shadow of the Almighty.—Psalm 91: 1. 


O Gop or at Grace AND Goopngss, we thank Thee for this quiet mo- 
ment of prayer when facing the duties that confront us and seeking to carry 
the heavy responsibilities committed to our care we can look from the seen 
to the unseen, from the temporal to the eternal, and in so doing gain courage 
for these minutes, wisdom for these hours, and strength for these days. In the 


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secret place of the Most High may we tap the resources which make us ade- 
quate for our tasks, give us an unswerving devotion to the right, and keep us 
dedicated to the high purpose for which our Nation was founded. 

Amid the confusion and chaos of this generation may we know that Thy 
truth is marching on and may we here highly resolve that we will walk with | 
Thee and work for Thee in building a world where righteousness and justice 
and love shall reign and war shall be no more. 

In the spirit of the Prince of Peace we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1970 


I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the 
land of the living —Psalm 27: 13. 


Evrernat FATHER, whose strength undergirds those who trust in Thee and 
whose love gives understanding to those who walk in Thy way, amid the 
shifting scenes of this earth help us to look up and to see the shining truth of 
Thine eternal presence. Forgive us when we forget that above our pride and 
prejudice Thou art calling us to higher principles, underneath our frailties 
and faults Thou art offering us the strength of Thy spirit and around our 
failures and frustrations Thou art summoning us to wider fields of human 
service. 

Make our country worthy of Thy blessing and willing to be a channel 
through which the spirit of democracy may flow into our world. Grant us 
grace to heal the broken relationships of mankind, to give light to those who 
sit in darkness, and to lead the nations in the ways of peace. 

In the spirit of Christ our Lord we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1970 


O satisfy us early with Thy mercy: that we may rejoice and be glad all 
our days.—Psalm 90: 14. 


Aumicuty anp ETERNAL Gop, Ruler of the heavens and the earth, yet 
who art mindful of a falling sparrow and a cup of cold water given to one 
in need, help us in this quiet moment to lift our hearts unto Thee, to feel 
Thy presence near and to make ourselves ready for the duties of this day. 

Give to each one of us a mind free from narrowness and ever open to the 
light of truth, a heart sensitive to human need and always eager to do good, 
and a spirit standing in reverence before Thee resolved to do Thy will seek- 
ing what is true and honorable and gracious and just. 


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We pray for our country, that our people may be free from bigotry and 
bitterness and that by giving primary allegiance to Thee may reap the 
harvest of a common faith and a common brotherhood. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1970 


Let us come boldly to the Throne of Grace, that we may obtain mercy and 
find grace to help in time of need.—Hebrews 4: 16. 


O Gon anp FATHER OF US ALL, who hast taught us not only to think of 
ourselves but to think of others and to be concerned about them, we remem- 
ber before Thee all who are burdened and oppressed, particularly our 
prisoners of war. Comfort them with the sense of Thy presence, strengthen 
them for the ordeal they are facing, give them patience in their suffering, 
keep the hope of deliverance alive within them, and grant a happy issue 
out of all their affliction—a safe return to their loved ones. 

Bless their families, weary and heavy laden, living in dark uncertainty 
yet still hoping and praying and working for the return of those they love 
with all their hearts. 

May we here highly resolve to continue to do our best to seek the release 
of the captives, the end of war, and the beginning of peace on earth: through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1970 


My meat ts to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work.— 
John 4: 34. 


O Gon or TrurH AND Love, who art worthy of a nobler praise than our lips 
can utter and of a greater love than our minds can understand and our 
hearts can give, in Thy presence we bow in all reverence and gratitude. 

We thank Thee for people great and good, for homes where love and 
loyalty live, for friends tried and true, for everyone who has urged us to 
leave the valley of discontent and to climb the heights of devotion to the 
highest, and for every example of confidence and courage, given us by 
persons in high places and low. Our gratitude to Thee for the goodness of 
life and the greatness of love. 

We commend our Nation to Thy providential care. Guide our people as 
they choose their leaders, increase our fellowship with one another, and make 
us one in spirit and one in purpose as we face the crucial days that lie ahead. 


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Through all of life make us mindful of Thy presence and eager to do Thy 
will. 
In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1970 


We are laborers together with God.—I Corinthians 3: 9. 


O Lorp, Our Gop, we thank Thee for the gift of another day and pray 
that through all its hours we may live with Thee as we labor for the life of this 
land of liberty. Strengthen us that we may stand steady in this shaken world 
and amid constant change keep our faith firm with a growing trust and a 
deepening confidence. 

Deliver us from petty concerns about ourselves, place us in the center of 
great needs, and open our hearts to all that we may share the glory of our 
human endeavors and the goal of our human energies. Reveal the heights 
above us that we may be mindful of Thy presence in the common routine of 
daily living and so bless us that we may work with integrity for the good of 
our fellow men. Let the gentle power of the Great Spirit be our strength in all 
we think and say and do; for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the 
glory forever. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1970 


Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart and with all thy 
soul and with all thy might.—Deuteronomy 6: 5. 


Auuicurty anp Ever-Livine Gon, by whose mercy we have come with our 
Hebrew brethren to the beginning of another year, grant that we may enter 
it together with humble and grateful hearts. Confirm our resolutions, we 
pray Thee, to walk more closely with Thee and to labor more faithfully for 
the good of our fellow men according to the teaching of our law and the 
example of our Lord. 

We invoke Thy blessing upon our country. Enlighten with Thy wisdom 
and sustain with Thy power those whom the people have set in authority, 
our President, our Speaker, Members of Congress, and all who are entrusted 
with our safety and our freedom. May peace and good will live in the lives 
of our citizens and may religion spread its blessings among us, exalting our 
Nation in righteousness. 

In Thy holy name we pray. Amen. 


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MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1970 


Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the 
midst of them.—Matthew 18: 20. 


O Mrrarut Gop, give to us quiet minds and loving hearts as we wait upon 
Thee in this our morning prayer. Grant us wisdom as we seek to solve the 
problems that confront us, courage to do what we believe to be right, and 
the faith to keep us faithful in the performance of our duties. 

In these days when the souls of men are tried and tempted, when so much 
is demanded of those who would lead our Nation, grant us courage in serv- 
ing this present age that we may prove worthy of the positions we hold and 
ready for the tasks committed to us. 

Guide our Nation and all nations into the ways of justice and truth, and 
establish among us all that peace which is the fruit of righteousness: To the 
glory of Thy holyname. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1970 


Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free 
spirit—Psalm 51: 12. 


O Gop or PzEacE, who hast taught us that in returning and rest we shall 
be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be our strength: by the might 
of Thy spirit lift us, we pray Thee, to Thy presence, where we may be still 
and know that Thou art God. 

Strengthen and sustain us that the tensions and trials of this tumultuous 
time may not break our spirits, nor cause us to give up the struggle for 
life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. 

Bless these Members of Congress who represent our people, who would 
serve Thee faithfully, and who would maintain order in our land and peace 
in our world. Grant that they may prove to be true to every task committed 
to their care. We ask it in the name of Him for whose kingdom we pray. 
Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1970 


Above all put on love which binds everything together in perfect 
harmony.—Colossians 3: 14. 


Evernat Gop, Our FaTuer, ere our recess begins we pause to pray for the 
coming of Thy kingdom of righteousness, peace, and good will. In the midst 
of a swiftly changing order may our faith in Thee and our obedience to Thy 


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laws continue to move us as we seek to usher in a new day of human brother- 
hood. 

Direct our people as they elect our leaders. Grant that their choices may 
promote Thy glory and the welfare of our Nation. To those elected give 
courage, wisdom, and good will that they may lead our citizens in the ways 
of life and liberty for all, and may those not elected continue to labor faith- 
fully for the good of our Republic. 

Bless all those in the service of our country, particularly our prisoners of 
war. Strengthen them to meet each day with the realization that Thou art 
their refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms. 

May Thy peace and Thy love abide in our hearts now and always. 

Amen. 


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1970 


The Lord ts good, a stronghold in the day of trouble: and He knoweth 
them that trust in Him.—Nahum 1: 7. 


Erernan SPiRiT, returning from our recess of strenuous activity we come 
to Thee now as we endeavor to complete the tasks which are set before us. 
When the worry of work done and left undone takes its toll of our human 
energies help us to tap the spiritual resources which are found in Thee. Do 
Thou renew our spirits and restore our souls with the joyful assurance that 
Thou art with us and we are with Thee. 

We pray that Thy comforting grace may abide in the hearts of those who 
grieve over the passing of our beloved colleague, WiLL1am L. Dawson. We 
remember his long and faithful career in Congress marked by firm convic- 
tions, rugged honesty, a readiness to cooperate and an earnest desire for lib- 
erty for all men. Bless his family with Thy presence and bless us who mourn 
his departure from these Halls to continue his fine work in the life beyond. 

Truly, our Father, life is short. By Thy Spirit may we make the most of it 
while we can, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. 


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1970 


Be strong, not in yourselves but in the Lord, in the power of His bound- 
less resource.—Ephesians 6: 10. 


O Gop AND FATHER OF US ALL, out of the differences and divisions of this 
world we come humbly to worship Thee. From things that man is doing to 
man we enter Thy presence to think of what Thou art doing for man. As 
we pray reveal to us Thy glory, bestow upon us Thy wisdom, make us equal 
to the tasks of these troubled times and ready always to walk the path of 


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goodness, truth, and love. As we pray do Thou purify our affections, refine 
our ambitions, cleanse our minds, and strengthen our spirits that we may 
think clearly, plan wisely, and work diligently for the good of our beloved 
country. 

We pray for our President, our Speaker, and every Member of Congress. 
We pray for those who serve our country at home and abroad, particularly 
our prisoners of war. May Thy spirit steady them and strengthen them for 
every experience. 

Grant that Thy mighty energy may surge through the peoples and gov- 
ernments of the world that we may learn the art of living together on this 
planet. 

In Thy holy name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1970 


Thou art my rock and my fortress: therefore for Thy name’s sake lead me 
and guide me.—Psalm 31: 3. 


O Gop, Our FATHER, in this quiet moment of prayer we lift our hearts unto 
Thee, who art from everlasting to everlasting. In this capital of freedom do 
Thou guide with the spirit of understanding and good will these Members 
of Congress. By their words and deeds may they seek to bring healing to our 
Nation and peace to our world. 

In these days when men are divided, nations differ, and the world is in 
danger, grant unto us the wisdom, the power, and the love to burn the barriers 
to brotherhood as we endeavor to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk 
humbly with Thee. 

In the spirit of the Lord of Life we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1970 


Do not worry over things, but always by prayer and supplication with 
thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.—Philippians4: 6. 


Auicuty Gop, Our HEAVENLY FATHER, the source of all wisdom and the 
fountain of flowing love, bless, we pray Thee, all who work under the dome 
of this glorious Capitol and help them to do the work they have been given 
to do. Enable all of us to plan carefully, to labor confidently, to live creatively, 
and to lead our people courageously. 

Keep us ever mindful of the fact that without Thee we can do nothing 
and that with Thee all great and good things are possible. Bless us with Thy 


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presence this day and lead us and our Nation in the paths of righteousness 
for Thy name’s sake. Amen. 


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1970 


The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek Him.—Ezra 
Gemae. 


O Gop Our Heaventy FATHER, whose power is infinite and whose love is 
eternal, we pray for the leading of Thy spirit as we work for the well-being 
of our country and endeavor to secure peace in our world. May Thy wisdom 
so move our minds and Thy love so motivate our hearts that in the crises we 
face daily we may think clearly, speak calmly, and act courageously. Unite 
us and our people in the principles of democracy upon which our fathers 
founded this Nation that as responsible citizens we may do our full part in 
seeking the good of all. 

Direct and prosper the deliberations of this body that truth and justice 
and good will may be established here and among all people. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1970 


Be thankful unto Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good.—Psalm 
100: 4, 5. 


O Lorp, Our Gop, we bow in Thy presence with hearts overflowing with 
gratitude because Thou hast been so wonderfully good to us. Thy mercies 
come with the morning light, they stay with us through the day and the eve- 
ning hours and continue to be ours during the night. So we lift our hearts unto 
Thee in thanksgiving and love. 

We thank Thee for food and clothing and shelter: for homes where love 
dwells, for churches where we can worship as we desire, for our Nation 
flying the flag of freedom and for the opportunity to serve our people in these 
Halls of Congress. 

As Thou didst lead our fathers to found on these shores a free nation, 
so lead us in this day to keep our country great in spirit, good in purpose, 
and genuine in seeking for peace in our world, peace in our land, and peace 
in our own hearts. 

In gratitude we pledge our love and our loyalty anew to Thee and to our 
country in the spirit of Christ, our Lord. Amen. 


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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1970 


Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto 
all them that call upon Thee.—Psalm 86: 5. 


O Tuovu wuose Love PAssES UNDERSTANDING, whose wisdom is beyond 
our highest thought, and whose power strengthens us for every noble en- 
deavor, open our eyes that we may see the leading of Thy spirit across the 
years and in the present time may we trust Thy patient power and Thy 
gentle goodness to bring us out of the strife between men and out of the 
bitterness that blights the brotherhood of man. Confirm us in that greatness 
of spirit which will make us united in purpose, elevated in our sympathies, 
global in our outreach, and eager to minister to the needs of men. 

In the work of this day may we be attentive to Thy voice and respon- 
sive to Thy call that we may walk the way of truth and love for the sake 
of our country and the peace of the world. In the spirit of Jesus Christ, 
our Lord. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1970 


Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation and uphold me with Thy free 
spirit—Psalm 51: 12. 


“We pray for this great land of ours 
Founded by men who put their trust in Thee; 
Help us again to find the mighty powers 
Of truth and faith and hope, to set us free. 
Inspire our leaders, give us grace to find 
The people who can steer the ship of state 
In troubled waters, men who are not blind 
Through pettiness, self-interest or hate. 

And may we pledge, as statesmen long ago, 

Our sacred honor, lives and fortunes, too, 

To keep our country free—for well we know 
That freedom only comes through serving Thee.” 


In the spirit of the Master of men we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1970 


O praise the Lord, all ye nations; praise Him all ye people. For His merci- 


ful kindness is great toward us and the truth of the Lord endureth forever.— 
Psalm 117. 


FE, rernat Gop anp FATHER oF US ALL, everywhere present and everywhere 
available, we wait upon Thee in this, our morning prayer. We come with 


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humble hearts and in deep need, crying aloud for insight to see the way we 
should take, for courage to walk in it, and for the strength to endure even 
when endurance seems impossible. 

As we face the trying tasks of these hurried hours, our thoughts are with 
those in the service of our country, particularly our prisoners of war. Grant 
that the sacrifices they are making for freedom may never be in vain. 

Guide our Nation, our leaders, and our people through these critical and 
crucial times. May we learn the wisdom of the ages that only those who 
trust in Thee win the higher victories which will usher in the great day of 
justice and enduring peace. 

In Thy holy name we pray. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1970 


Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, that He may teach us 
His ways and that we may walk in His paths—Isaiah 2: 3. 


Ouvr FatHer, Gop, who hast called us to take time for prayer, help us so 
to pray that we may be conscious of Thy presence as we face the tasks of 
this day and every day. May these daily moments of quiet meditation keep 
alive within us the higher virtues and the happier values without which we 
cannot live honorably with ourselves nor lead our Nation with honest 
motives nor learn to be harmonious in our relationship with the nations of 
the world. 

Let the light of Thy spirit shine upon us in such measure that the dark- 
ness of doubt and fear may be dispelled and confidence and courage may 
come to new life in us. Increase our faith in Thee, deepen our love for Thee, 
broaden our sympathies with Thee, and lift our souls to Thee that with the 
true spirit of Christmas in our hearts we may walk in Thy ways and minister 
to the needs of our fellow men. 

In the spirit of Him whose coming brought life to men, we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1970 


The law of God is in his heart: None of his steps shall slide —Psalm 37: 31. 


A.micuty Gop, Our FATHER, we thank Thee for the open door of a new 
day which makes available to us once again the steps that lead to a better 
and a brighter life. Guide us, we pray Thee, that in this generation we may 
find the way to good will toward men, freedom among men, justice between 
men, and peace in the hearts of men. 


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Bless every lover of liberty, every effort for the growth of free institutions, 
and every endeavor to make democracy work on our planet. This is our 
task and our mission. May we prove ourselves worthy of it, and play 
our full part in climbing the steps toward this glorious achievement. 


“Give me the heart, to hear Thy voice and will 
That without fault or fear I may fulfill 
Thy purpose with a glad and holy zest, 
Like one who would not bring less than his best.” 


In the spirit of Him who leads us from strength to strength, we pray. 
Amen. 


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1970 


Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with 
knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with stead- 
fastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly 
affection—II Peter 1: 5, 6. 


“God bless our native land! 
Firm may she ever stand, through storm and night: 
When the wild tempests rave, 
Ruler of wind and wave, 
Do Thou our country save 
By Thy great might! 
For her our prayer shall rise 
To Thee above the skies, on Thee we wait; 
Thou who art ever nigh, 
Guarding with watchful eye, 
To Thee aloud we cry, God save the state! 
Not for this land alone, 
But be Thy mercies shown from shore to shore; 
And may the nations see 
That men should brothers be, 
And form one family the wide world o’er.” 
Amen. 


MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1970 


This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad 
in it—Psalm 118: 24. 


Aumicuty anv EVERLASTING Gop, as we bow at the altar of prayer do 
Thou breathe Thy spirit upon us, fill us with life anew that we may love what 
Thou dost love and do what Thou wouldst have us do. 


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While we pray for tomorrow, we also pray for today that this day may be 
so well lived that every yesterday may be a dream of happiness and every 
tomorrow be a vision of hope. 


“Lord for tomorrow and its needs 
We do not pray; 

Keep us, our God, from stain of sin 
Just for today. 

Help us to labor earnestly 
And duly pray; 

Let us be kind in word and deed, 
Father, today. 


Let us in season, Lord, be grave 
In season gay; 

Let us be faithful to Thy grace, 
Father, today. 

Lord, for tomorrow and its needs 
We do not pray: 

Still keep us, guide us, love us, Lord, 
Through each today.” 


Amen. 


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1970 


The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.—Isaiah 9: 2. 


A.umicuty Gop, who by the birth of the Babe of Bethlehem has given light 
to those who sit in darkness, love to those who would live with ill will in their 
hearts, and life to those who walk through the valley of the shadow of death: 
Grant that in Thy light we may see light clearly, in Thy love may we possess 
love fully, and in Thy life may we learn to live all our lives. 

Guide the citizens of our Nation in the ways of righteousness and the 
people of the world in the paths of peace. May good will live in all our 
hearts binding us together in the bond of true brotherhood, to the glory of 
Thy holy name. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1970 


Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lifted up, ye everlasting doors; 
and the King of Glory shall come in.—Psalms 24: 7. 


As we rr UP OUR HEADS, Our FATHER, may we also open the doors 
of our hearts that the glory of Thy spirit may come in and dwell with us, 


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helping us to render a true service to Thee and a faithful service to our 
fellow men. Working under the banner of truth, justice, and love, may we 
lead our people beyond the limits of differences and divisions to the heights 
of unity and peace. For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory 
forever. Amen. 


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1970 


Come ye and let us walk in the light of the Lord.—Isaiah 2: 5. 


O Gop, who art the strength of all who put their trust in Thee and the 
joy of every loving heart, we thank Thee for the happiness and hope which 
pass around the world at Christmastime. Grant that no obsession with 
things may keep us from the values these advent days represent. In the 
midst of the commercialism of this season help us to lift our eyes to Thee 
and to become conscious of Thy presence without whom there would be no 
Christmas and with whom Christmas is always a reality. 

This day may we put first things first, last things last, and thus serve Thee 
and our country with all our hearts, in the spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Amen. 


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1970 


For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined 
in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the 
face of Jesus Christ.—II Corinthians 4: 6. 


Aumicty Gop, who hast declared Thy love to men by the birth of the 
Holy Child at Bethlehem: Help us to welcome Him with gladness and to 
make room for Him in all our common days, so that we may live at peace 
with one another and in good will with all Thy family: In His holy name 
we pray. Amen. 


MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1970 


The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: And he delighteth in 
his way.—Psalm 37: 23. 


Evrernar Gop, Our Faruer, for the joy of this Christmas season we thank 
Thee and pray that it may ever live in our hearts. For the joy of this day, 
the birthday of our beloved Speaker, we-raise our hearts in loving grati- 
tude to Thee. We thank Thee for him who has provided such capable, ef- 
fective, and unselfish service for his country and ours. For his wise and un- 


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derstanding leadership in this House, for his nobility of mind, his gentle- 
ness of spirit, his fervent support of home, church, and Nation, and for his 
loving devotion to his lovely wife, we thank Thee. 

May this day be a great day for him and may it be a great day for us as 
we pray for a genuinely great and good man. 

In the spirit of his Lord and ours we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1970 


Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men.— 
Luke 2: 14. 


O Gop, to whom glory is sung in the highest, while on earth peace is pro- 
claimed to men of good will, we bow before Thee with hearts overflowing 
with gratitude for the coming of Christ into our world. May He— 


“Cast out our sin and enter in. 
Be born in us today.” 


Like the shepherds may we in spirit kneel before the manger child in 
wonder, love, and praise. Like the wise men may we follow the star that 
shines forever in our sky and like them offer Him the gift of our love. In 
truth may we make room for Him in all our hearts through all our days. 

In His holy name we pray. Amen. 


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1970 


So, my brothers, do stand firmly in the Lord.—Philippians 4: 1. 


O UR FaTHER Gop, who reveals Thyself in all that is good and true and 
beautiful, help us to make our hearts receptive to Thee, and our minds 
responsive to the leading of Thy Spirit, as we face the tasks of the last days 
of the old year. Now and always may we keep alive our faith in values that 
live forever and in virtues that never die. No matter what may be our lot 
in life—joy or sorrow, victory or defeat—may we be strengthened by Thy 
presence and sustained by Thy power as we labor for the good of our 
country and as we work for a better world in which men can live together 
with justice and in peace. 

We mourn the passing of our beloved colleague, L. MENDEL Rivers, “who 
more than self his country loved.” For his devotion to our country, par- 
ticularly our Armed Forces, we thank Thee. For the love in his home, the 
warmth of his friendship, the greatness of his heart, we are grateful. The 


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passing of this highly trusted and great-spirited public servant reminds us 
again that in the midst of life we are in death. Bless his family with the 
comfort of Thy presence and strengthen them for the days ahead. 

In Thy holy name we pray. Amen. 


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1970 


Let Thy work appear unto Thy servants and Thy glory unto their 
children.—Psalm 90: 16. 


E tera Gop, who hast been our dwelling place in all generations, our 
fathers prayed at this altar and trusting in Thee were sustained all their 
lives. Give to us the realization, as we pray at the same altar, that Thou 
art with us and so undergird us that we may be upheld all our days. 

Strengthen us to resist temptation, deliver us from constant moods of ill 
will, help us to help others—to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to set 
free the captive, to give liberty to those who are oppressed, and to promote 
peace in our world, justice among men, and good will in all hearts. 

So may our Nation be blessed and become a blessing to all mankind. 

In the Master’s name we pray. Amen. 


SATURDAY, JANUARY 2, 1971 


As I was with Moses, so I will be with you: I will not fail you or forsake 
you.—Joshua 1: 5. 


O Gop, Our FaTHer, by whose mercy we have come to the portal of 
another year, grant that we may enter it with humble and grateful hearts. 
Confirm us in our resolution to walk more closely with Thee in Thy way 
and to labor more faithfully for the good of our country and the peace of 
the world. Thus may this year be a better year and our Nation a better 
nation because we live and work and pray during these coming months. 

Bless Thou our beloved Speaker and his lovely wife. Looking forward, 
may they feel the support of Thy grace, be sustained by our affection, and 
find security in their faith in Thee and in our country. Guided by Thy 
Spirit, may they and we walk along the path that shineth more and more 
unto the perfect day of Thy heavenly kingdom. 

May Thy blessing abide with us and our Nation now and forevermore. 


Amen. 


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