Senate Prayer January 7, 1999: Senate Formally Begins Impeachment Trial of President Bill Clinton
On January 7, 1999, the Senate formally begins the Impeachment Trial of President Bill Clinton on two charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
The Chaplain, Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie, offered the following prayer:
“Is there any word from the Lord?” We humbly fall on the knees of our hearts as this ancient, urgent biblical question reverberates in our minds and echoes in this historic Chamber. When there is nowhere else to turn, we return to You, dear God. We hear Your answer sounding in our souls: “Let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.”–Jeremiah 9:24. Your righteous judgment is irreducible and your grace irrefutable.
Holy God, as this sacred Chamber becomes a court and these Senators become jurors, be omnipresent in the pressures of these impeachment proceedings. Grant the Senators the ability to exercise clear judgment without judgmentalism. Today, unite the Senate in nonpartisan commitment to the procedures that will most effectively resolve the grave matters before them and our Nation. Bind the Senators together as fellow patriots seeking Your best for our beloved land.
Oh, dear Father, author of this Republic and divine authority from whom the Senators’ powers flow, we trust You. With one mind and heart, we rededicate ourselves to You and thank You for Your guidance each step of the way through these troubled times.