Skip to main content

tv   Lawmakers Participate in National Prayer Breakfast  CSPAN  February 4, 2021 8:00am-9:13am EST

8:00 am
that's the thing about financial security. most people who had had to earn it. and if you're one of those people who think back to the early days when you were just starting out and you hadn't yet overcome the barriers that stood between you and your success, back when you were maxing out on your credit card every month, back when you were hoping old car would make it through one more winter trying to save up enough for that down payment on a hold. >> .. >> we begin with your host for this virtual event. >> i'm congressman tom suozzi from new york.
8:01 am
[inaudible] >> and on nor chris coons. >> i'm congressman tran 11 republican for michigan and we are your cochairs for the 69th annual national prayer breakfast. >> we are grateful for opportunity to welcome you to this prayer breakfast. we are the cochairs of prayer breakfast groups that meet weekly in the house of representatives and in the united states senate, and have so for many years. for a moment of reflection and prayer for the sharing of a hymn or individual stores and concerns and thin for about have faith has impacted our lives. we hope this national prayer breakfast like these weekly gatherings is an opportunity for all of us to gather from around our country and the world in the spirit of jesus, for a refreshing morning of reflection. >> i am proud of the fact that in a bipartisan fashion, in a bicameral fashion we continue a tradition that is been around for nearly 70 70 years. our nation today more than ever
8:02 am
needs to see a bipartisan coalition of believers coming together living in america, in god and, frankly, all of our country's. >> now more than ever we need democrats and republicans to come together, to be together in the spirit of jesus for this prayer breakfast is a great opportunity for us to remember exactly what our lives are about. the remembrance to love our neighbors and even the more demanding love our enemies is one of the biggest challenges we have an something we need to do right now. this is a great opportunity to remind us of that and to seek inspiration to continue to find unity. >> we are all reminded we've been named your four nights with the joy comes in the morning. thank god. ♪ ♪ ♪
8:03 am
>> never forget, americans, that yours is a spiritual country. yes, i know you are a practical people. like others i've marveled at your factors, skyscrapers. but underlying everything else is the fact that america began as a god loving god-fearing, god worshiping people, knowing there is a spark in the divide in each one of us. it is this respect for the dignity, the human spirit which keeps american invincible. >> galatians says, let everyone bear his own burden, and there's a couple verses later says, there one another's burdens. god has given us such contradictory advice, i don't think so. i think being personally
8:04 am
responsible and reaching out to others are the two sides of humanities -- [inaudible] and we cannot live full lives, we cannot unless we do both faith is also important for the civility of our country. it teaches us not merely to tolerate one another but to respect one another. to show regard for different views. this is essential to democracy. it is also the proper way to treat human beings created in the divine image. >> let us pray as people we continue to bring the power of prayer to bear and all the talents to front, and let us pray we will strengthen the values this great land was founded on and we will reverse any threat, moral decline, and that will dedicate ourselves to
8:05 am
the ethics -- point of light, someone in need. >> so today inspired by our fellow citizens let us resolve to find the best within ourselves. let us pray for the extra measure of strength and that extra measure of devotion. and let us seek to build a more just and peaceful world where every child can grow up without violence, worship without fear, and reach their god-given potential. as long as we are true to america's founding, and the example that all of these great founders have set, we can all be heroes to everybody, and they can be heroes to us. >> yes, there are crimes of conscious that call us to action. yes, there are causes that move our hearts and defenses at cedar our souls.
8:06 am
the progress doesn't, we demonize opponents. it's not born in righteous spite. progress comes we open our hearts and we extend our hands, when we recognize our common humanity. progress comes when we look into the eyes of another and see the face of god. that we might do so, that we will do so all the time not just some of the time. >> it is my fervent prayer for our nation thank you, god bless you and god bless the united states of america. [applause] ♪ ♪ ♪ >> i remember you speaking at the prayer breakfast, the weekly breakfast and enjoyed hearing your story and that's one of the best things about the breakfast i think is you get to know members in the way you wouldn't otherwise. we have served in any committees
8:07 am
together. we were in different political parties but hearing your story, being in new york, during the importance of your faith, your enjoyment of things like sports, i just had we had a lot in common and then when you had a chance to get to know each other through other different venues there was always that prayer breakfast that was a common denominator. >> and getting to know people at the prayer breakfast is one of the great things about the prayer breakfast, and to hear people tell tell the persoy of their lives and have faith has influenced their lives. you find we all share so much in common, but people's families, their highs and lows that s brought them here to washington, d.c. and john and i couldn't be more different from backgrounds. he is from michigan, a republican. i'm a democrat from new york. >> 15,000 farms in my district. >> i know a guy named farmer so that's one of our jokes. >> it's been a great adventure working with you on this, tom. i feel like we've tried to great
8:08 am
looking environment for everyone who can feel accepted to participate. time's up the like is johnny carson and ed mcmahon. i was at mcmahon, you were johnny carson. it always never ceased to surprise us, the stories we would hear about people, their lives growing up, the challenges they faced, a faith played a role in their lives. i can tell you how many times people come up to the underfloor and said thank you so much. i heard you were praying for me this week. it really makes a difference. even for people don't come to the prayer breakfast. >> when you hear someone's story it's important you can see the best in that person. so often in congress and the political discord it's trying to point out flaws or demonizing the other person. what this does is allows us to see the best in one another and to encourage one another. even though there's differences to try and understand how a person comes to their viewpoint
8:09 am
and be respectful of that even if we disagree. >> now works had introduced to you our musical guest for today all the way from nashville, tennessee,. >> they are a family musical group. they are rising of the charge of christian contemporary music. >> today the ocean with a some great selections. pics that were introduced to you -- >> we thinking. >> hey, everybody. we're so excited to be with you all today. this is awesome. we are we picking them aware outset of national tennessee so wherever you are here's a deal, will have you sing with us. i'm going to teach you something. you will sing it back to me. ♪ let me hear you say yeah ♪ ♪ i want to hear you say yeah ♪ ♪ oh ♪ ♪ ♪
8:10 am
♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
8:11 am
♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ i'm going to climb a mountain ♪ i'm going to shout about it ♪ ♪ i'm a child of love ♪ ♪ i found all rolled of freedom ♪ i found a friend in jesus ♪ ♪ i am a child of love ♪ ♪ i am a child of love, yeah, oh ♪ i am a child of love ♪
8:12 am
♪ nothing can change the way you love me ♪ ♪ nothing can change the way i belong to you ♪ ♪ yes, i do ♪ ♪ nothing can separate ♪ ♪ nothing can change the way you love me ♪ ♪ nothing can change the way i belong to you ♪ ♪ yes, i do ♪ ♪ nothing can separate ♪ ♪ i'm going to climb a mountain ♪ i am a child of love ♪
8:13 am
♪ i found a world of freedom ♪ ♪ i am a child of love ♪ ♪ i'm going to climb a mountain ♪ i'm going to shout about it ♪ ♪ i am a child of love ♪ ♪ i i found a world of freedo♪ ♪ i i found a friend in jesus♪ ♪ i am a child of love, oh yeah ♪ yeah, i am a child of love ♪ ♪ i i am a child of love ♪ ♪ yeah, oh, i am a child of love ♪ ♪ ♪
8:14 am
>> someone of the things we know about jesus is that he prayed a lot. he made that a very important part of his life and ministry. so much so that when date in the book of luke his disciples asked him us to pray. he came up with what we call today the lord's prayer, in very simple terms he prayed the prayer that everybody can pray, and i picked you know the words, too. so let's hear it right now in many different languages. ♪ our father, who art in heaven, -- it's
8:15 am
>> amen. >> during his inaugural address, president joe biden said together, we shall write an american star of hope not fear. of unity not division, of light not darkness. an american story of decency and
8:16 am
dignity, of love and healing, of greatness and goodness. in that moment i thought of my own faith journey and a similar call to scripture. in the bible christians are called to show our faith by being the light of the world, to work for social justice i caring for the least of these and to heal communities by loving your neighbor as yourself. jesus explained, i am the light of the world. whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life. paul's letter to the ephesians also tells us to live as children of the light and that the fruit of light consists of all goodness, righteousness and truth. therefore, we know that through grace our faith allows us to lift up the truth, to do what is right and to walk in the light. we are told that when we walk in the light we have fellowship
8:17 am
with one another. missing that fellowship has been one of the hardest impacts of covid. missing services, singing hymns together, breaking bread. this prayer breakfast gives us a chance to share in the national fellowship. together, we can commit to serving the greater good and listing of the truth, and collectively we can make a difference in defeating the pain and suffering around us. jesus tells us not only to be the light but to reflect the light, natural light shine before others that they may see the good deeds and glorify your father in heaven. scripture spends a great deal of time describing what is good deeds are, feeding the hungry, clothing and housing homes, healing the sick, helping the marginalized. so let us commit today to a
8:18 am
different path. one where god's wisdom is a lamp for our feet, , a light on our path. we can start by loving our neighbor. and if you don't know, everyone is your neighbor. all of humanity. loving your neighbor requires working for social justice, investing in the most marginalized communities, protecting and extending civil rights, those communities still are not guaranteed. and making opportunity universal. as we gather as a faithful community, we are grateful for the grace that gives us the humility to understand god's meaning of justice and the chance to take the first step in healing, rebuilding and rejoicing in the purpose before us. god bless you all.
8:19 am
♪ >> it's really a joy to be able to be with you today, even if rep to meet like this for a national prayer breakfast. it's a different way to people to do it, clearly a different kind of year and a different time. the same faithful god who's doing remarkable work through us and around us. what happens in a weekly prayer breakfast even when we meet virtually now i still think about -- 2000 years ago paul wrote to the church and he said this. he said so from now on we regard no one from your worldly point of view. though we once regarded christ in this way, we do so no longer. therefore if anyone is in christ, the new creation has. the old is gone and the new is here. then he said this. all this is from god who reconciled to us to himself through christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, i got was reconciling the world to himself in christ not counting
8:20 am
people's since against them. he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. we are therefore christ's ambassadors as though god were making his appeal through us. we implore you on christ's behalf. be reconciled to god. this group more than most groups understands the nature of what it means to be an ambassador, to be able to represent, to be able to bring clarity from another place and another people to a new group. we are bringing the message of hope and of christ to be able to reconcile people and to be able to put people back together again. that's what happens in a weekly time we get together to be able to pray and that's what i pray happens through our national prayer breakfast and through this dialogue as well. let's pray together. >> father, i am so grateful for the way that you provide for us, in very difficult days we find you faithful.
8:21 am
help us to be reconciled, , help us to see each other as you see us and we would see people that we disagree with commas people that were created by you, we value in worth. help us to be ambassadors of christ, reconciling people to you, and reconciling people to each other. give us unity through the challenges to be able to answer the hard questions that we have to face together. thank you jesus. that we can stop at every moment, good times and bad, and the people to hear your voice and know your direction and see your love and truth. use this time, god, in a way that all you can. in the name of jesus i pray. amen.
8:22 am
>> president george bush and his wife laura were a part of eight national prayer breakfast from 2001-2085 months after 9/11 attacks. >> president bush reminded nation in the world that faith is not the absence of suffering. it is the presence. >> , aldrich introduced the 43rd president of these united states, george w. bush. >> one of the highlights of the presidency was attending the national prayer breakfast every year. in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks prayer helped heal and unite our nation. prayers of language of reconciliation, it has the vocabulary of grace, love and peace our country needs to move forward together. as president there was no greater gift than the prayers of the american people. laura and i often pray for our country and for those who serve it, and will continue to do so. may god bless you all, and may
8:23 am
god bless america. >> our next big is a 42nd president of the united states bill clinton, and one of the things i love about it is he talks about how the things that unite us are much, much stronger than the things that divide us. and i think that this is a moment where we need to hear messages of unity and togetherness and forgiveness. >> good morning to all of you joining together for the 69th annual national prayer breakfast. i was so eager to participate in the national prayer breakfast for all eight years of my presidency. because i always came away from with a renewed sense of purpose, humility, and hope that we could bridge our divide and build a better america for all. we need those blessings today more than ever. our nation needs healing. healing requires humility, the
8:24 am
understanding that we are all imperfect people, in search of more purpose in life. the pilate against the government in recent weeks has shaken the foundation of our democracy. over the last year the covid pandemic, the economic crisis, the ongoing struggle for racial justice all have reminded us how much we need to know each other better, to listen to each other more, to learn from one another and to go forward together. in recent weeks i find myself returning again and again to a verse of scripture that has guided me and given me strength for as long ago as when i was president and even before. it's a verse i chose to place my hand on when i took the oath of office at my second inaugural. one which i shared at the
8:25 am
national prayer breakfast just a few weeks after that. isaiah 58:12. thus shall raise up the foundations of many generations and thou shalt be called the repair of the breach, the restore of half to dwell in, and these times we must all be prepare a breach. will have responsibility regardless of our faith, our background, our politics to work to restore that path we can live in. rejecting violence beginning to truly see and hear one another. committed to going forward together. today i pray for president biden and vice president harris, and our new leaders as we begin a chapter in american history that will be challenging but is full of promise as we work to solve the problems and sees the big
8:26 am
opportunities before us. and i pray that every american eat in his or her own way will find a path and will have the faith and our ability to do so. the bible teaches us to honor faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love. we all need it and we should all give it. thank you and may god bless america. >> our next speaker is a 44th president of the united states, barack obama. i served with him for four years in the senate, and it really got to know his heart with some real personal moments together and i was thrilled when he became president and he was able to come to this breakfast eight years in a row with michelle and really open his heart and share
8:27 am
his faith with all of us. our next speaker, barack obama. >> good morning, everyone. for eight years i attended this breakfast as president. today i'm thrilled to be here in a supporting role, more member of choir as the main attraction as we get from our new president and the man of deep faith himself, president joe biden. but i'm honored to be asked to share a few words especially because like so many americans i have turned many times over the past year to my faith. as scripture tells us we are afflicted in every way but not crushed. perplexed but not driven to despair, persecuted but not forsaken. struck down but not destroyed. in many ways paul's second letter to the corinthians is of life of 2020, r1 and pandemic,
8:28 am
pandemic, economic crisis, nationwide protest over the enduring legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment, a widening gap between those who are doing well and those who are struggling, and ongoing attack on our democracy, the very idea of truth. it's a lot and yet for all our afflictions we are not crushed. for all that perplexes us, we are not driven to despair. why is that? i believe the answer lies in our faith, in god, but also in god's will made manifest in the american story. it's a faith rooted in the knowledge that we have been tested before and come out stronger, and while we may never achieve perfection, we can become more perfect the by young
8:29 am
amanda gorman in her inaugural poem last month. the americans more than a pride we inherit. it is a path we step into and how we repair it. that's who we are, and who we must be. so let us pray for our country, for our new president, and for all those who while struck down have not been destroyed. may we run with endurance, a race that is set before us, and may the lord guide us on our journey. god bless all of you. god bless the united states of america. >> and i'm honored share a message with you from president jimmy carter. president carter was unable to join us today due to health reasons so he wrote this letter for me to read aloud. i attended my first national prayer breakfast in 1967, and this annual event is unique because it's an opportunity for our national political leaders
8:30 am
regardless of party to pause in humble themselves in prayer and thanksgiving and ask for his blessing on our nation. it's also a special opportunity for us to join our international gift to pray for international peace and reconciliation the world. we regret we cannot join you in person, all those participating in this important event. i am no stranger to seeing god's handiwork in the midst of political disagreement. while at camp david with president sadat and prime minister begin working on the peace accords between israel and egypt one of the first things we could agree on was a need for prayer. we agreed to call on the entire world to join us in a common prayer for peace. i remain grateful the congressional leaders and 13 organized the national prayer breakfast agreed to coordinate our global call to prayer. we made great progress because
8:31 am
of those prayers. today we need prayers for healing in our land. the political divisions intercountry our deep as recent events that are nation with capital have sadly demonstrated. it's tempting to focus on what divides us rather than in those things that unite us like our commitment to democracy and freedom of speech, press, assembly and religion. we must commit to binding of our nation's one's as president lincoln urged, and seeking forgiveness and reconciliation with our neighbors. we must remember that jesus calls us to love god and love our neighbors, and even commands us to love our enemies. rosslyn and are pleased to join you all today in prayer for healing and reconciliation that we urgently need both your at-home and around the world. may god continue to bless this land we love and enable us all to be a force for being. president jimmy carter. >> it is my pleasure to
8:32 am
introduce a fellow south carolinian, former governor david beasley who served our great state of south carolina from 1995-1999 and he has a number of accomplishments that make us very proud of who he is and what he represents. for many years he worked behind the scenes to put on this national prayer breakfast. currently he is executive director of the u.n. world food program, a recipient, amazing, a good south carolina, is a recipient of the nobel peace prize for using food as a powerful tool for making peace possible around the world. it is my distinct honor to introduce to you governor david beasley. >> these are extra ordinary times. i took this role, there were 80 million people marching to the brink of starvation, , not just going to bed hungry but literally marching to starvation. now there are 270. covid has really dynamically and
8:33 am
catastrophically impacted the poor and the least of these around the world, so let's pray. lord, we thank you for creating us. you created each and every one of us in your image, and when we fail to feed the poor, the need, the least of these, we fail to feed you. if we could just really understand to love your neighbor as yourself, to love your neighbor as your equal, as you say so clearly in the scripture, and what that means if we could truly love one another as our equal, because every human being is made in your image, that would end racism and war and conflict and discrimination. lord, give us that spirit. your spirit that transcends all understanding, that transcends all man-made division so that we
8:34 am
can come together in this spirit with the image you have given us so that we can be one as you and the father are one. let us not forget the poor and the needy and the least of these because these are our brothers and our sisters. the war -- the world is in tremendous conflict now. so much uncertainty, , but with you we know that all things can work to the good. please, lord, inspire us with all the wealth we have in the world today that not one single person will die from hunger. we pray that the leadership of the united states senate and the united states house, the white house and leaders around the world will be moved by your spirit to care for the poor and the needy, and the least of these. we pray this in the name of jesus. jesus of nazareth.
8:35 am
amen. >> i would like to introduce a good friend of mine. she is the representation the great state of washington, cathy mcmorris rodgers, cmr. she is the ranking member on our energy and commerce committee. she has been a leader in bringing people together on both sides of the aisle for prayer and for fellowship. we have asked her to offer a prayer today for healing and reconciliation. >> my hope and my prayer for our nation right now is one that we will humble ourselves and seek guidance face. we need to make prayer our number one priority, and through prayer i have found that i receive more of those gentle promptings as to the word that i can offer to someone else, maybe a word of encouragement to provoke one another to love and good work. heavenly father, we thank you
8:36 am
and praise you that we can come to you this day. we thank you and praise you for the mighty ways in which you are working in each one of our lives and in our nation. we believe that you govern in the affairs of men and women, and in this hour of our great need we pray that you will begin to do again as you have in years gone by. we pray, lord, you will plow the hard ground in each one of our hearts and make us new. the bible, the bible says you make us new creatures can you give us new hearts and minds, and i pray lord, that you will make as a new in this era and that you will provoke us to love and good works. thank thank you, lord, for . thank you for your faithfulness, guide and direct us even today in your precious name, amen. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
8:37 am
♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ i need you, oh, i need you ♪ ♪ walking down these desert roads ♪ ♪ water from my thirsty soul, i need you ♪ ♪ oh, i need you ♪ ♪ your forgiveness is like sweet, sweet honey on my lips ♪ ♪ like the sound of a symphony
8:38 am
to my ears ♪ ♪ it's like holy water on my skin ♪ ♪ dead man walking, slave to sin ♪ i want to know about being born again, i need you ♪ ♪ yes, , lord, i need you ♪ ♪ so take me to the riverside ♪ ♪ take me under, baptize, i need you ♪ ♪ oh, lord, i need you ♪ ♪ your forgiveness is like sweet, sweet honey on my lips ♪ ♪ like the sound of a symphony
8:39 am
to my ears ♪ ♪ it's like holy water on my skin ♪ ♪ on my skin ♪ ♪ i don't want to abuse your grace ♪ ♪ god, i need it everyday ♪ ♪ if the only thing that ever really makes me want to change ♪ ♪ i don't want to abuse your grace ♪ ♪ god, i need every day ♪ ♪ it's the only thing that ever really makes me want to change ♪ ♪ i don't want to abuse your grace ♪ ♪ god, i need it everyday ♪ ♪ it's the only thing that ever really makes me want to change ♪
8:40 am
♪ i don't want to abuse your grace ♪ ♪ god, i need it everyday ♪ ♪ it's the only thing that ever really makes me want to change ♪ ♪ your forgiveness is like sweet, sweet honey on my lips ♪ ♪ it's like the sound of a symphony to my ears ♪ ♪ like holy water ♪ ♪ like holy water ♪ ♪ your forgiveness ♪ ♪ it's like sweet, sweet honey on my lips ♪ ♪ like the sound of a symphony to my ears ♪ ♪ it's like holy water on my
8:41 am
skin it's like holy water on my skin ♪ ♪ holy water ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> our next presenter will share scripture she selected a windows nancy dalessandro pelosi is the speaker of the house. many people don't know if she's a woman of great faith. she's the youngest of seven children six brothers growing up in an italian american, and baltimore's father was a congressman and also went on to become the mayor of baltimore.
8:42 am
nancy pelosi talks about our prayer breakfast about how one of the greatest time of her life was raising her five young children were born within six years. she's a remarkable woman and she couldn't do the job that she does with so many ups and downs and trying to move us forward during this difficult time in a country. if she wasn't a woman of great faith. it's obvious in everything she does and says. my great honor to introduce to you our next presenter easter nancy pelosi. >> hello. as house speaker it is to send greetings to all those anticipating in this special tradition, the national prayer breakfast as we give thanks to the blessings god has bestowed upon our great country. thank you to our bipartisan cohosts, congressman tom suozzi and john moolenaar, and to all
8:43 am
those whose hard work is given us the privilege of joining in fellowship and prayer. today we pray for the families ravaged by the coronavirus. we pray for the communities confronting a dark stain of injustice. we pray for all in a country and around the world who seek a more just and equal future for themselves and their families. and leaders and people say it is our responsibility to safeguard the dignity of all of god's children, recognizing this book of divinity. today and in all days we ask god to continue to bless america and give us strength and hope as we seek to do his work here on earth. and now prayerfully i read from the prophet isaiah. i chose this passage because isaiah was a prophet quoted by christ. isaiah 4021 time mac-31.
8:44 am
do you not know, have you not heard from has it not been told to you from the beginning, have you not understood since the earth was founded, he sits above the circle of the earth and its people are like grasshoppers. he stretches out the heavens like a canopy and spreads it out like a tent. he brings -- reduces to nothing. no sooner are they planted, no sooner are they so, no sooner than they take root in the ground that he grows on them and they with there. to whom will you compare me? who is my equal, says holy one. lift up your eyes and look to the heavens. who created all these? he who holds out the starry host one by one and calls one for
8:45 am
each one of them i name because it is great power and mighty strength. not one of them is missing. why do you complain? why do save israel, my way is hidden from the lord? my cause is disregarded from my god? did you not know, have you not heard? lord is the everlasting god, to create of the ends of the earth. he will not grow tired or weary and center standing no one can fathom. he gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the week. young men stumble and fall but those who hope in the lord will renew their strength. there were wings like you that will not weary and they will walk and not sake. amen. on april 4, 1960, andrew andrew young stood alongside doctor
8:46 am
reverend martin luther king, jr. when he was assassinated on the balcony of the lorraine motel in memphis, tennessee. he then went on the a congressman, ambassador to the united nations and as mayor of atlanta, georgia. he also was the headliner of the national prayer breakfast in 1995 when he appeared on the program with reverend billy graham and a new member of the supreme court, justice ruth bader ginsburg. i am honored to welcome one of america's most distinguished and faithful leaders, ambassador andrew young. >> in the year 1972, but i was elected to the congress of the united states from the fifth congressional district in georgia. joseph biden was also elected to the united states senate and in
8:47 am
1972. and though we were on opposite sides of the capital, we knew each other, for he was the youngest and i can of the civil rights movement. one of the first people i came to meet him was a young fellow by the name of doug gave me this bible and invited me to come to the congressional prayer breakfast on wednesday mornings. that was my welcome into the house of representatives, and it was a beginning of my fellowship with others like myself who had been elected from all over the nation. i learned to appreciate difference, and i learned that, well, i already knew that all men sinned and fall short of the glory of god, and women do, too.
8:48 am
and in the prayer breakfast we came together on wednesday mornings, and we prayed and our prayers were almost always confession. and we talked about our needs, and we prayed for each other and we became friends. now, that was the beginning of something special, and all of the present presidents who are with us today have shared in this with us through the years. it was billy graham, doctor billy graham, and president eisenhower that understood the need to come together and heal e nation with faith and
8:49 am
forgiveness. bishop desmond tutu in writing about the future of south africa titled his book no future without forgiveness. and i think that's an appropriate message for us to begin. for i think that in the prayer breakfast we began to talk honestly about ourselves, about our problems. we were human beings. we were not public figures. and we developed a sense of love and confidence and trust because of the faith that we shared. we are in that kind of moment now. and so it's my privilege to take from our brothers in south africa the idea that we have no future without forgiveness, for
8:50 am
we all fall short of the glory of god. and the one unforgivable sin at the end of the lord's prayer is, if you cannot forgive those who sin against you, how can you accept the forgiveness of your heavenly father? and so we are demanding, we are commanded, we are advised, and we must find a path to unity,
8:51 am
and that path is the path of forgiveness. america has sinned and fallen short of the glory of god, but still we are probably the best collection of human beings on earth that still, regardless of our faith, our religion, our traditions, our culture, there is a finding spirit that doug cowan, the prayer breakfast, build around jesus of nazareth who is well-known in the koran and who has helped gandhi in hinduism to find his way to
8:52 am
nonviolence and somehow jesus travails all over the world, and we can argue about a lot of things. but somehow the person of jesus invites us to forgiveness, promises us forgiveness, and promises us that we can prevail by the grace and mercy of god. if we can accept it. but to accept it we have to offer it and share it with our brothers and sisters. that's our test and our challenge. and i guarantee you we should not -- i guarantee you we shall not fail.
8:53 am
you know, my favorite president is john adams. and i like john adams because he wrote much of the massachusetts constitution that thomas jefferson dressed up and made the u.s. constitution. and yet, jefferson and adams didn't get along so well. and though he is my favorite president because he did not own slaves, one of the few, he couldn't stay for jefferson's inauguration. and he rode off into the sunset on his horse going back to massachusetts, rather than stand with his brother. and yet, he remains my favorite.
8:54 am
and i'm sure that, like all of the rest of us in us, he is forgiven. all of us are human beings trying desperately to hold on to the world, and we cannot do it alone. the prayer breakfast and these little bibles that doug coe used to give out and the coming together of thousands of people from all over the world, for the last 70 years is one of the anchors of the government of the united states of america. and i hope we always maintain those bits of faith that bind us
8:55 am
together. >> today is an occasion to celebrate, the power of prayer. for me as for millions of americans and millions more around the world, prayer is an important pathway to better knowing god and our self. the way for us to unite, to come together as people of all faith backgrounds and we commit to living the values of our faith through action. after a divisive time in our nation's history are pressed into duty is a powerful reminder that what unites us is far stronger than what we allow to divide us. no one believes that more than my dear friend, joe biden. it is joe's faith that inspires him him a passion for justice, a respect for the dignity of all people and a calling to serve his neighbors. faith is a core part of who joe is but it also sees come respects and values the diversity and background. he's a president for all america, americans of faith in america to practice no particular faith. folks are democrats and republicans, independents folks
8:56 am
were not involved in politics at all. this is how he will unite our country and help lead us forward. by speaking with us this morning president biden is continuing a 69 year tradition in which every american president has joined this breakfast as we pray for our nation to come together as children of god. for nearly seven decades the national prayer breakfast has celebrate the spirit of faith that has united us and given us the strength we need to tackle our biggest challenges together. joe biden is someone who understands that faith will sustain his and her difficult work ahead, he someone who knows will call to do justice to love mercy and to walk humbly with your gut. god. please join me now in welcoming the president of the united states, joe biden. >> i'm honored to join this year's national prayer breakfast. jewel and i'm humbled by your prayers and that means everything to us. i want to thank our dear friend from delaware, a man of deep
8:57 am
faith, senator chris coons, we've been friends a long time. thank you all to the fellow bipartisan cultures of this year breakfast, tim scott, tom suozzi and john moolenaar. ambassador andrew young, a national treasurer, who speaks the good news and does the good deeds, thank you for your continued friendship. you are the best. i'm also grateful for the predecessors were part of this year's program, president carter, president bush, president clinton and president obama. i'm honored to continue this tradition of reflection in fellowship that started with president eisenhower. i have attended many of these prayer breakfast over the years with a nation at war and struggle and stratcom a nation of peace and prosperity, a nation though always in prayer. what we know this time is different. over 400,000 of our fellow americans have lost their lives to a deadly virus. millions are out of work. we see long lines for food at
8:58 am
food banks that stretch for miles. we hear the call for racial justice, some 400 years in in the making. and we know the dream but more importantly the reality of justice for all cannot be deferred any longer. we see the existential threat of climate crisis that poses to our plan and everywhere we turn. with more severe floods, stronger hurricanes, more intense wildfires. we just have to open our eyes. we just witnessed images that we've never imagined, images that now we will never forget, the violent assault on use capital, an assault on our democracy, on our capital, a a violent attack that threaten allies and took lives. we know now we must confront and defeat political extremism, white supremacy and domestic terrorism. for so many in our nation this is a dark, dark time. so where do we turn?
8:59 am
faith kierkegaard wrote, faith sees best in the dark. i i believe that to be true. for me, the darkest moments faith provides hope and solace, provides clarity and purpose as well. it shows the way forward and as one nation in a common purpose to respect one another, to care for one another, to leave no one behind these are not democrats or republicans going hungry in our nation. they are our fellow americans, fellow human beings. they are not democrats or republicans going without health care in america. they are our fellow americans, fellow human beings. they are not democrats and republicans being evicted from their homes. they are fellow americans, fellow human beings. and these are not democrats or republicans losing their lives to this deadly virus.
9:00 am
they are fellow americans, fellow human beings. this is not a nation that can't or will simply stand by and watch this. it's not who we are. it's not who faith calls us to be. in this moment we cannot be timid or tired. we have too much work to do. not just our words that we will be judged but as tough as the times are, i believe, as a matter fact i know we are going get through all of this here we will come out stronger for it. the bible tells us we may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning. we still have in front of us many difficult nights to endure, but we will get through them together. we will need one another. we need to lean on one another. with one another up and with faith guide as to the darkest into the light. may god bless you all and may
9:01 am
god protect our troops. .. >> it's called "no doubt about it." ♪ how does my broken heart ♪ ♪ keep bringing me back to you ♪ ♪ sometimes i fall apart ♪♪ ♪ but you're always there ♪
9:02 am
♪ or just like a friend ♪ ♪ there's no doubt about it ♪ ♪ i'm on my way home ♪ ♪ i'm not yet where i'm going, but i'm a long way from with are i was ♪ ♪ i hear a choir of angels hearing me roar ♪ ♪ i'm not yet where i'm going, but i'm a long way from where i've been ♪ ♪ from where i was ♪ ♪ imagine me in your arms ♪ ♪ the only place i long to be ♪
9:03 am
♪ yeah, here with with me ♪ ♪ one day ♪ ♪ to ride on angels' wings ♪ ♪ there's no doubt about it, i'm on my way home ♪ ♪ i'm not yet where i'm going, but i'm a long way from where i was ♪ ♪ i hear the choir of angels cheering me on ♪ ♪ i'm not yet where i'm going, but i'm a long way from where i was ♪ ♪ i'm not going back ♪ ♪ never going back ♪ ♪ i will make it ♪ ♪ we've only just begun, yeah,
9:04 am
we've only just begun ♪ ♪ i keep pressing on ♪ ♪ i keep going strong ♪ ♪ i keep going the day, we've only just begun, yeah, we've only just begun ♪ ♪ i'm not going back ♪ ♪ i'll make it, we've only just begun, we've only just begun ♪ ♪ i'll keep pressing on, i'll keep growing strong ♪ ♪ i'll keep singing the same song ♪ ♪ we've only just begun ♪ ♪ yeah, we've only just begun ♪ ♪ there's no doubt about it ♪ ♪ i'm on my way home ♪ ♪ oh, i'm not yet where i'm going, but i'm a long way from where i was ♪
9:05 am
♪ and i hear a choir of angels ♪ ♪ they're cheering me on ♪ ♪ i know there's no doubt about it ♪ ♪ i'm on my way home ♪ ♪ oh, i'm not yet where i'm going, but i'm a long way from where i was ♪ ♪ i hear a choir of angels, they're cheering me on ♪ ♪ i'm not yet where i'm going, but i'm a long way from where i was ♪ ♪ oh ♪ ♪♪
9:06 am
>> when she took the podium at president biden's inauguration two weeks ago amanda gorman did more than captivate us through her words, through her poem "the hill we climb" she moved and inspired an entire nation. the youngest inaugural poet in united states history, amanda reminded us even in the darkest days there's home and reconciling harsh truth there can be healing. she reminded us, there's always light if only we're brave enough to see it. as we unite this morning as a nation in prayer may we all keep in mind her words, we all have the courage to see the light. welcome our first national youth poet laureate, amanda gorman. >> let us leave behind a
9:07 am
country better than the one we were left with every breath from my bronze pounded chest. this world into a wonderful and we will ride through the gold hills of the west and we will rise from the wind swept northeast where our forefathers first realized revolution, we'll rise from the city of the midwestern states. we will build, reconcile and recover in every known nook of our nation and every corner called our country, our people by verse and beautiful will emerge battered and beautiful when they come and step out of the flame unafraid. the new dawn blooms as we free it because there's always light if only we're brave enough to see it. if only we're brave enough to be it. [applause]
9:08 am
>> our next speaker is congresswoman val demings. one of the great things about serving in the state or the house, you get to work with people who have very different backgrounds. just a few years ago she was the chief of police in orlando, florida, now she's one of the great congress women that we have today. for our closing prayer, congresswoman val demings. >> let us pray, dear heavenly father we thank you for this day. father, we thank you for we know you are good and your mercy endures forever. father, we thank you for all that we have seen on this day, all that we have urged on this day, oh, god. we thank you, father, for your words, for we know your word is the lamp unto our feet and a light to our path. father, we thank you for this virtual way of still praying to you, to still praise you, oh,
9:09 am
god. to still worship you, oh, god, and to feel fellowship, one with another. and father, with all that we have had to endure, with this public health pandemic, if there was ever a time, oh, god, that those who are called to your name need you and need each other, the time is now. the help us, oh, god to draw nearer to you so we can draw nearer to each other. we pray, oh, god for reconciliation. we pray, oh, god, for the renewal of our minds, our bodies and our souls. we pray, oh, god, for an anointing to do your will, to serve you so that we will serve
9:10 am
your people and now, oh, god, as we depart this place, we know that we do not depart from your grace. we pray this prayer and in the name of the only one who can keep us from falling. we pray this prayer in the wonderful and the precious and the matchless name of jesus christ, amen. >> on behalf of the co-chairs of this year's national prayer breakfast, thank you for joining us today and let's remember this scripture, there foregod's chosen people, dearly and beloved hold yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. bear with each other or forgive if they have a grievance against someone, forgive as the lord forgave you.
9:11 am
and put on love and minds them in perfect unity. let the peace of christ roll in your heart as members ever one body you're called to peace and be thankful. we look forward to seeing you all in person again next year. thank you for joining us. >> thank you for joining us for the national prayer breakfast, may we continue to pray with each other deep in our friendship and reaffirm our faith in god and our country. >> the u.s. senate returns this morning at 10 eastern to continue debate on the budget resolution and includes instructions to senate committees as they draft their portions of the bill based on president biden's 1.9 trillion covid relief proposal. watch the senate live here on c-span2. >> this morning, the senate health, education, labor and pensions committee hold a confirmation hearing for boston
9:12 am
mayor marty walsh to serve as labor secretary. watch live starting at 10 a.m. eastern on c-span 3, on-line at c-span.org or listen live on the free c-span radio app. >> the impeachment trial of former president donald trump continues tuesday, february 9th, when legal arguments begin. he is charged with incitement of insurrection. watch live impeachment trial coverage beginning at 1:00 p.m. eastern on c-span2, on-line at c-span.org or listen with the free c-span radio app. >> you're watching c-span2, your unfiltered view of government. it's sponsored by the cable companies. and these companies who have brought to you

32 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on