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Peter Marshall’s Prayer - 1947

Peter Marshall, from a pamphlet of The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church.


Peter Marshall migrated from Scotland to the United States in 1927 when he was twenty-four. Following theological studies, he became a minister in the Presbyterian church. At the age of forty-four he became chaplain of the United States Senate where his prayers often contained pithy lines, as in the example that follows, uttered on January 10, 1947. He died suddenly at the age of forty-six. His wife, Catherine Marshall, who became a notable writer in her own right, penned his biography A Man Called Peter, which became a successful movie and stage play.


“May we resolve, God helping us, to be part of the answer, and not part of the problem.”


Blake, William D. Almanac of the Christian Church.

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