Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Veterans Day Prayer



Found this great prayer over on Facebook via my friend Matt Anderson, worship pastor at Thornapple Covenant Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was written by the Rev. Dr. Jennifer Phillips, Rector at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church at the University of Rhode Island.

I'm grateful today for men like my dad, Chuck Nightingale, my father-in-law, Lou Tondino, and so many others who have served our country.

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 oir 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 cease.

Through Jesus Christ, our Savior,

Amen

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