On Friday, November 11th, we honor our Veterans for their service
to our country. This week I urge you to say a prayer for
our Veterans, past and present, who have sacrificed their
freedoms to help keep ours. I offer this prayer for them
God of all nations, you are our Strength and Shield. We give you
thanks today for the devotion and courage of all those who have
offered military service for this country:
For those who have fought for freedom; For those who have laid
down their lives for others;
For those who have borne suffering of mind or of body; For those
who have brought their best gifts to times of need. God, in your
mercy and love, we thank you for their lives.
On our behalf, oh God, many have entered into danger, endured
separation from those they love, labored long hours and born
hardship in war and in peacetime. God, in your mercy and love, we
thank you for their lives.
We ask today that you would lift up by your Spirit those who are
now at war; encourage and heal those in hospitals or mending
their wounds at home; guard those in any need or trouble; hold
safely in your hands all military families and bring the
returning troops to joyful reunion and tranquil life at home.
Give to us, your people, grateful hearts and a united will to
honor these men and women and hold them always in our love and
our prayers until your world is perfected in peace and all wars
Through Jesus Christ, our Savior, Amen. (Written by Rev. Dr.
St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!