Thank you for those serving and who have served in the military that protect this country of ours. Thank you for those men and women in our military services who were willing to give their lives and who gave their lives to fight to keep this country free ... "
In the quiet sanctuaries of our own hearts,
let each of us name and call on you whose power over us
is great and gentle, firm and forgiving, holy and healing ...
You who created us,
who sustain us,
who call us to live in peace,
hear our prayer this day.
Hear our prayer for all who have died,
whose hearts and hopes are known to you alone ...
Hear our prayer for those who put the welfare of others
ahead of their own
and give us hearts as generous as theirs ...
Hear our prayer for those who gave their lives
in the service of others,
and accept the gift of their sacrifice ...
Help us to shape and make a world
where we will lay down the arms of war
and turn our swords into ploughshares
for a harvest of justice and peace ...
Comfort those who grieve the loss of their loved ones
and let your healing be the hope in our hearts...
Through Jesus Christ your Son, Our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
Photo courtesy MG Moore: wreath in honor of all military personnel who gave their lives for our nation in observance of Memorial Day displayed at JEBLC chapel on Sunday, 29 May 2011.