Let us pray.

Lord of our lives and sovereign of our beloved nation,
we deplore the desecration of the United States Capitol Building,
the shedding of innocent blood,
the loss of life, and the quagmire of disfunction
that threatened our democracy.
These tragedies have reminded us that words matter
and that the power of life and death is in the tongue.
We have been warned that eternal vigilance
continues to be freedom's price.
Lord you have helped us remember that
we need to see in each other a common humanity
that reflects your image.
You have strengthened our resolve to protect and
defend the Constitution of the United States
against all enemies, domestic as well as foreign.
Use us to bring healing and unity
to our hurting and divided nation and world.
Thank you for what you have blessed our lawmakers
to accomplish in spite of threats to liberty.

Bless and keep us.
Drive far from us all wrong desires.
Incline our hearts to do your will
and guide our feet on the path of peace.
And God — bless America.

We pray in your sovereign name.

us senate chaplain - barry c. black - january 7, 2021
The closing prayer of the joint session of the 117th Congress, convened to count the Electoral College votes of the 2020 US Presidential election