Invocation by Lt. Governor Byron Mallott January 17, 2017 I am honored to accept the invitation of Representative Bryce Edgmon to give today’s invocation. Let us reach to the God to which we each pray. Let us recognize that we embark upon another important step in the long journey of Alaskans, and of Alaskans themselves. Let us ask God to guide us, to give this new legislature the wisdom, the strength, the courage, the moral certitude, the integrity, and the sense of obligation to advance the interest of the people of our state. Let us remember that there is life in everything that surrounds us. While we may walk the earth and treat all that is upon it in ways that change it or grow it, or remove it—ultimately we are but stewards (of the) capacity of this great land. To continue to provide for Alaskans of many generations to come, is something that each living generation has a responsibility to pass forward. In these halls in particular, (we should) remember those who gave guidance and leadership and wisdom in the past. In this chamber, in the Senate, in the office of the Governor, those elected by the people of Alaska to serve their interests. To provide wise, considerate, deliberative leadership on their behalf (for) those things they seek in their lives: in health, in education, in safety, in maintaining the beauty and the economic capacity of this land. This is something that each (of you) will take seriously and act upon profoundly. (We pray) for those that go in harm’s way to give us the opportunity to continue to live in the greatest country on the face of the earth. To live in the largest state before you God. This is the greatest opportunity, the best place to live, the best place to provide a future for. We pray to you and ask your guidance, your love, and your care. Amen.