(Senate - March 28, 1996)

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  The Reverend Joan Thirkettle, Salvation Army of San Diego, offered 
the following prayer:
  The world new each day, Almighty God, we give You thanks and praise. 
The days, months, and years You number and sustain. Your wisdom invites 
this Senate to share the daily administration of this Your United 
States. Your movement is heard in the walk of the people. The grass 
blows, the mountains tower, the waters slap the shores, all echo, You 
among us. Come with Your residence casting Your knowledge and dreams 
into the debates and decisions made for ``We, the People.'' Take the 
deliberations of this body fueled with questions, doubts, and varying 
degrees of what is best and right, and bring consensus of shared 
patriot leadership for the Republic. It is You, God, who reigns. Guide 
these Senators as they champion justice, liberty, and peace. Counsel 
them as they speak, debate, and struggle with the complexities of 
domestic and global concerns. The mantle of trust is given these 
persons by the people, Mighty God. Help them carry this heavy mantle in 
the long hours of work and decisionmaking. Bring each Senator a calm 
and a confidence of heart this day and in the days to come. Thank You 
that You have made them ambassadors of Your work. Travel with them in 
peace. May their work declare Your intentions, Eternal God. This we 
pray, Lord, in Your name. Amen.
  Mrs. BOXER addressed the Chair.
  The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The distinguished Senator from California.