Senate Chaplain Prays for Newtown: 'Make Our Lawmakers Willing to Act Promptly'

By Susan Jones | December 18, 2012 | 8:25 AM EST

( - In a prayer asking blessings and comfort for the people of Newtown, Conn., the United States Senate Chaplain on Monday also dropped a hint about gun control:

"Remind us of the importance of not delaying in seizing our opportunities to do good," prayed Dr. Barry C. Black. "Make our lawmakers willing to act promptly, remembering that time is fleeting and that they shall not pass this way again."

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"Show us your way, and teach us your path," Dr. Black prayed to "Almighty and Everlasting God."

"Make us all responsible stewards of your most precious gift of time by teaching us to number our days that we may have hearts of wisdom."

In addition to opening the Senate each day in prayer, Chaplain Black’s duties include counseling and spiritual care for the Senators, their families and their staffs, a combined constituency of six thousand people, says  the website of the Chaplain's Office.

"Chaplain Black’s days are filled with meeting Senators about spiritual and moral issues, assisting Senators’ staffs with research on theological and biblical questions, teaching Senate Bible study groups, encouraging such groups as the weekly Senate Prayer Breakfast, and facilitating discussion and reflection small groups among Senators and staff."