Theologically and philosophically informed ecletic ruminations on everything between summit to shore, especially cycling, hiking and backpacking, kayaking, religion, spirituality, philosophy, theology, politics, culture, travel, poetry, and creative writing by John Edward Harris, a progressive Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Minister of the Word and Sacrament.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Veterans Day Prayer
Eternal God, strong to save,
we pray for all the women and who have served in the armed forces of this country,
from the battles at Lexington and Concord
to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
We thank you for the freedom and security their dedicated service has won and preserved for us.
Help us to cherish our freedom and to use it well.
We ask you to bless all veterans in a special way, not just today, but every day.
Comfort those veterans who grieve for the fallen comrades
who gave the last full measure of devotion.
Strengthen those veterans who bear physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds.
As a nation, may we live up to the commitments and promises we have made to our veterans.
Moreover, we pray for the day when your peace will reign,
and no nation needs to defend itself
and no one needs to serve in the military.
Help us to live not only as people who long for peace, and who pray for peace,