Zell Miller impressed me as a Senator as much as he failed to do so as a governor. I was not happy about the situation, especially the manner in which he received the appointment to fill the unexpired term of Paul Coverdale. Perhaps those events happened more by divine direction than I understood, for Coverdale's service to the nation had been disappointing to me. Zell Miller's impassioned speech before Congress won my heart and the closing line seemed right on target: I truly believe that at times like this, silence is not golden. It is yellow. This is phrased in the form of a prayer therefore I assume it is Zell Miller's prayer: " Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favour and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honourable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogancy, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
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