Our God and God of all people, you give us the gift of self-reflection.
As we enter into this new year, this new legislative session and new day of deliberation, we take a moment to appreciate the simple fact that we are able to be here today.
With each breath we take, we fill not only our lungs with air - but also we infuse our souls with meaning.
Life is a gift. What we do with it depends on our awareness of the preciousness and precariousness of our daily existence.
That we are here together in this sacred chamber of deliberation is a reflection – not only of the fact that the members of our community have placed their trust in these lawmakers, but also in the potential for change and healing that can take place in the deliberations and debate that make up the business of this sacred chamber.
And so, as we take this moment of reflection, let us ask ourselves: What do we hope to accomplish today?
Whose lives are we impacting?
What are the needs of our community?
Who feels pain? Who fears the future?
Who is poised for greatness?
How can we take the time we have together to work to improve our state, our communities, our families ourselves?
Help these legislators to see that the issues that they are discussing and the laws they are enacting should serve to enlighten and animate the Divine implanted within them and the people they serve.
May any disagreements that arise be for the sake of bringing healing and wholeness to our world.
Let the perils of partisanship give way to the echoes of empathy – and may the work of these legislators reflect the highest values of each of our faith communities.
Bless these proceedings and all those who labor here today. Watch over august body. Give strength and purpose to all who are here today: elected officials, clerks, bailiffs, aides, interns, policy analysts, members of the press, maintenance staff and advisers – everyone who labors to sustain and support our great State of Colorado.
For the gift of gratitude; for the promise of new beginnings, we give You our thanks.
And let us say, AMEN