On Veteran’s Day

_veteransA Prayer On Veteran’s Day

God of peace,

We pray for those who have served our nation,
who laid down their lives
to protect and defend our freedom…

We pray for those who have fought,
whose spirits and bodies are scarred by war
and whose nights are haunted by memories
too painful for the light of day…

We pray for those who serve us now,
especially for those in harm’s way:
shield them from danger
and bring them home,
soon…

We pray for all of the families and friends,
who supported our veterans while they were enlisted
who kept their homes and businesses running while they were away
and wrapped these soldiers in love when they returned

Turn the hearts and minds
of our leaders and our enemies
to the work of justice and a harvest of peace…

God, grant us peace.
God, hear our prayer.

Amen.

~Adapted from a prayer by Rev. Austin Fleming

Photo by Sue Ogar of Just So Designs at the Bridges Together 2013 Spring into Summer Event

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