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Thursday
Nov172011

Divine Intervention: Senate Chaplain Prays for Super Committee

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- With the so-called "super committee" in a deadlock just six days before their deadline, the Senate chaplain tried to summon the 12 members some extra help Thursday morning.

“In a special way, guide the super committee in its challenging work,” Senate Chaplain Barry Black prayed Thursday morning to open the day on the Senate floor. “Eternal God, let your peace that passes understanding be felt on Capitol Hill.”

The Senate chaplain alludes regularly to the heated politics of the moment in Congress in his daily prayer on the Senate floor, but rarely mentions specifics, nor by name as such when he named the super committee directly Thursday morning.

During the height of the debt ceiling debate this summer Chaplain Black intimated that he was calling on a higher power to help guide the debt debates toward conclusion, but was not as specific in mentioning the fierce talks out right.

“As we begin this week we are aware that Americans are watching on television the daily business of this chamber,” Black said on the Senate floor in July during the debt debate. “Grant our Senators wisdom to solve the complex issues of our time. Lord, inspire them to see the wisdom of cooperation. Strengthen their minds and bodies to endure long hours of labor and to build alliances across the aisle that will lead us and our nation to a better tomorrow.”

According to published reports, it could take a miracle: with the deadline looming, the reaction from Washington insiders regarding the panel's progress has been mixed.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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