All but a few of the Members of the 117th Congress were sworn-in to office today, Sunday, and tomorrow, January 4, 2021, marks the first Monday of what could be one of the most dramatic weeks in American history.
Congress meets in Joint Session Wednesday to receive the votes of the Electoral College electors. Dozens of House Republicans and at least 12 Senate Republicans plan to protest various slates of electors. Passions are growing on all sides.
There are questions and controversies about virtually every aspect of the process, even though 2021 is far from the first time the nation has seen such uncertainty about who won a presidential election, or controversy over how to resolve it.
The issues this week cover everything from what is the proper role of the Vice President as the Presiding Officer of the Senate in accepting or rejecting a state’s slate of electors, to how exactly the two chambers of Congress should vote in, by individual members or by state delegations, on individual challenges of electors. And much more before the process will be completed.
Speaking as one who has covered Congress, worked for members of Congress in both chambers (as well as for a President of the United States), read and studied the history of Congress, and, most importantly, prayed for Congress, my prayer now is for a restored spirit of comity and good will among the men and women on all sides who will be debating on the floors of the House and Senate, for the energy, devotion and discernment of the staff members serving them, for the officers of the two chambers, for my colleagues in the news media covering the proceedings, and for the Capitol Police protecting the entire proceedings.
Most of all I pray for America, you and our fellow countrymen, and for our great Constitution. For better or worse, we have long been a City on a Hill, though many today doubt that America ever really was.
Even so, my prayer for our nation today and every day in 2021 is that the same God who guided the Pilgrims to write and sign the Mayflower Compact, who guided the great men and women of the Revolution and the Founding, who preserved the nation through a Civil War and so many wars since, and carried us along amid so many challenges along the way, will yet again humble us, bless us, secure us and show us the way to true justice and peace. I invite you to take a quiet moment this morning and join me in this prayer.
May God Bless America, and let us once again be one nation united and under Him.