Dr. Joseph Castleberry, President of Northwest University, delivered the opening prayer at the U.S. Senate Session at 9:30 am on June 10, 2010.
He was nominated by Senator Patty Murray of Washington State. He received an official invitation from Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black, who normally leads the prayer. Guest chaplains are invited to pray at the Senates opening about twice a month.
Dr. Castleberry offered the following prayer:
Let us 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. As our founding mothers and father prayed before us, we ask again that You would make America a shining city on a hill. Make our land a beacon to all the world of the sacred values Your Kingly rule has taught us. Turn our hearts anew toward You, and let righteousness exalt our Nation. Pour out Your Spirit upon us, and hasten the day when peace will reign in the Kingdom.
Protect our military personnel around the world with Your strong hand and heal those who are wounded. Bless their families with the soothing touch of Your presence.
Bless these Senators and their staffs today with love and friendship, health and strength, wisdom and prudence, holiness and hope. Let them feel Your presence in the godly work of justice with which we have charged them. Let the cherished ideals of our Nation rule their deliberations this day and always.
We pray these things in the Name of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Amen.
Following his prayer, Dr. Castleberry was introduced by Senator Murray. In her comments, she said, I am very pleased Dr. Castleberry could join us in the Senate today. I thank him for his service to the students and faculty at Northwest University, as well as his dedication to helping communities around the world.
Reflecting on his experience, Dr. Castleberry stated, "I was so proud of my country as the Senators put partisan politics aside at the start of the day to call out to God for divine guidance and help. Such actions are more than just an empty tradition--they are symbolic actions that formally declare the historic values and priorities of our country. It was a great honor to represent the State of Washington as a chaplain, and I am grateful to Senator Murray for her kindness in nominating me.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 22, 2010