Category Archives: Senate Prayers

First and Only Senate Prayer- 2011

Near the end of the 2011 legislative session (my first) the Pro Tem came to the Senate Minority Caucus and asked if a Democrat would like to give an opening prayer. It was a generous and welcoming offer. I looked … Continue reading

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Legislators Prayer for the Press

May God give you the wisdom To leave out my stumbling words And just print the upright phrases That may inspire. Please God, guide the photographer Away from my bald spot and Instead let the camera capture My pure and … Continue reading

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Prayer for Parliamentary Procedure

The procedures of the body are governed by the rules of the body (approved by 2/3rds of the body), and when they are unclear, Mason’s Manual. But things go along and most legislators learn from their mistakes, or when something happens that … Continue reading

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Prayer for Service

Dear God, Do I assume all I represent live like me? Please disabuse me my assumption. Dear God, Do I believe my beliefs are common? Please relieve me of my hubris. Dear God, Do I carry my righteousness above others? … Continue reading

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Senate Prayer for the Roll Call Vote

All votes in the Senate are by roll call in alphabetical order. A senator may pass on the first call but must respond by the second. No senator may leave the chamber once a roll call has been started. Dear … Continue reading

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Prayer before Town Hall Meetings

Dear God, Let me not disparage my opponents For their position deserves the same respect as mine. Dear God, Let me listen to all, those with praise or condemnation For all voices must be heard. Dear God, Let me present … Continue reading

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Prayer before the Difficult Vote

It is not widely known that most votes in the Idaho Senate are unanimous, though I had a few 34-1 where I was the one. But the vote total is not what makes a vote difficult, rather the issue can … Continue reading

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Senate Prayer before Debate

The senator who is the floor sponsor usually begins debate after asking for unanimous consent that the complete reading of the bill by the secretary be dispensed with. It is required that all bills be read three times before being … Continue reading

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Senate Prayer for Personal Peace

Dear God, please hear these words. Dear God, Calm my rapid heart, Driven by desire for things I should not have For they do not mean love. Dear God, Quiet my rattling brain; Thoughts drive plans I should let go … Continue reading

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