February 26, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 35 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
WELCOMING PASTOR A.D. SHAW; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 35
(House of Representatives - February 26, 2019)
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[Page H2110] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] WELCOMING PASTOR A.D. SHAW The SPEAKER pro tempore. Without objection, the gentleman from Florida (Mr. Spano) is recognized for 1 minute. There was no objection. Mr. SPANO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor A.D. Shaw, founder and pastor of Shekinah Glory Cathedral located in Plant City, Florida, and who most gracefully offered this morning's opening prayer. He is also my brother and my friend. Pastor Shaw's dedication to family, friends, and community serves as an example to many. His over 15 years of hard work in the ministry without expecting anything in return embodies the definition of unity and the best of the human spirit. As I listened to his prayer, I thought of the many distinguished men and women who have stood in this Chamber, at that podium, preaching the importance of unity in our great Nation. One such man was Abraham Lincoln, who said: ``A house divided against itself cannot stand.'' In our fast-moving society, it is easy to focus on those things that divide us over those things that bring us together. It is why, Mr. Speaker, I stand here today calling for greater unity among all who serve in this Chamber, among the American people and for the thousands of communities across our great land. Only together can we withstand adversity, not just as individuals, but as a Nation. This does not mean that we will always agree. It does mean we should seek unity in those disagreements. We do not need to see eye to eye to walk hand in hand. If, as a Nation, we seek to remain strong into the 21st century, we must stand united through our differences. ____________________