Please click here to play a video of Reverend Norma Rae Hunt's
Prayer for the Minnesota State Legislature, offered on May 10, 2017
Men and women of the House of Representatives, I invite you to center yourselves in silence. In the whirling intensity of the important work you do, I invite you to quiet yourselves early in this day. In the stillness, we open our hearts and minds to what matters most.
In this chamber where every action and every word has a ripple effect on the people and the natural environment of our state, hear our prayers.
We pray for moral courage, for this work directly affects the well being of our people, of the land, the waters, the air, and all the creatures of the wild and those domesticated within our care.
What happens here, because of our actions and words has a ripple effect within our nation. And what happens in our nation has a ripple effect on the world. Every seemingly small action has enormous consequences for all of us.
We pray for moral courage to serve the commonwealth of our state and the commonwealth of nations for the sake of the whole world.
With moral courage, we serve others interests, not narrowly our own. With moral courage we risk for the sake of an inclusive, compassionate, equitable and sustainable way of life for all. With greater moral courage we keep faithful to these values while serving on our watch. It is our watch.
O Holy One, guide and sustain these public servants in the important and vital work for our commonwealth and our common home, the earth. Give them moral courage and integrity in all that they do. May it be so. Amen.