A Memorial Day Prayer

Pray for our soldiers fighting in Iraq and for the families of those who have died defending our freedom. Freedom is an expensive commodity. These families know that all too well. We owe much to our servicemen and women past and present. The greatest gift we can give them is our prayer and support.

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, we think of how they have followed in the footsteps of your son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Please hold our service men and women in your strong arms. Cover them with your sheltering grace and presence as they stand in the gap for our protection.

We also remember the families of our troops, and ask for your unique blessings to fill their homes and your peace, provision and strength to fill their lives.

May the members of our armed forces be filled with courage to face each day and may they trust in the Lord’s mighty power to accomplish each task.

Let our military brothers and sisters feel our love and support.

In the name of Jesus, Amen.

5 Responses to “A Memorial Day Prayer”

  1. michael says:

    Beth:
    I think you’ll appreciate this; it’s a prayer composed by the Union of Orthodox Rabbis:

    Almighty G-d on High, omnipotent King, look down from Your
    Sanctified Abode, and bless the valiant soldiers of the American
    Forces who risk their lives to protect the welfare of all Your creation.

    Benevolent G-d, be their shelter and fortress, and to not allow
    them to falter. May harmony dwell in their ranks, victory in their
    battalion. Fill their hearts with faith and courage to thwart
    the evil schemes of our enemies and to abolish every rule of evil.

    Protect them on land, in the air and in the sea, and destroy their
    adversaries. Guide them in peace, lead them toward peace, and
    return them speedily to their families alive and unharmed.

    Grant us true peace in fulfillment of the prophecy: “Nation shall not
    lift up sword against another nation, nor shall they learn war any more.”

    Let all the inhabitants of the world know that Dominion is Yours,
    and Your Name inspires awe upon all that You have created.
    May this be Your will, and let us say, Amen.

  2. Beth says:

    Michael,
    That is awesome. Thank you so much for letting us read that prayer!
    Hope all is well with you in “God’s country”.
    Beth

  3. michael says:

    I thought you’d like it. It was written by Orthodox rabbis, for congregations in the States. It’s a paraphrase (adapted for American troops) of a similar prayer, in Hebrew, for the IDF that is used here.

    Most synagogues in the States also have a “Prayer for our Country,” meaning the US, that is very similar to this one.

    Things are good here. Hope all’s well with you, too. Have a good holiday weekend!

  4. KAZ says:

    I find it disturbing when people so blithely throw around the phrase “defending our freedom”, cheapening it by applying where it did not actually happen.

    A quick copy of a blog entry I wrote on that:

    Our Soldiers, Defending Our Freedom
    I appreciate and honour all who have defended our freedom.

    I also appreciate and honour our soldiers, especially those who fought wars with good intentions in their hearts, or were enslaved by our government to fight wars in which they did not wish to participate. Id est; drafted.

    But I don’t confuse those two paragraphs.

    Our soldiers have not fought to defend our freedom since, off the top of my head, 1814.

    Every war we’ve been in since then, with the arguable exception of WWII, was entirely voluntary. We entered into them of our own choice, not out of defense of anything, much less freedom.

    In fact, up to WWI, almost all of them since then were initiated to expand our empire.

    Starting with WWI, we had a standing army, and didn’t even need the lame territory-acquisition excuse. Every war since then has been a completely foreign war, again with the very arguable exception of a single battle in WWII.

    But, most importantly when faced with the faux-patriotic ululation about how many soldiers have died “defending our freedom”, not only has our freedom never once been in military jeopardy since the War of 1812 ended, but in fact for the entire 20th century each war has been entered into against the will of the people of the United States, and has been used as a tool to undermine our freedom.

    With each voluntary, needless war, we face new economic hardships, new taxes, new “emergency measures” that undermine our liberty for the sake of safety, “because we’re in a war, it’s an emergency”, but which never go away when the war is over. Our ever-expanding government eats away at the fixed pie of our liberties.

    I appreciate and honour all who have defended our freedom.

    I appreciate and honour our soldiers, who have died in our many voluntary wars.

    Separately.

    http://blog.360.yahoo.com/kazvorpal

  5. Beth says:

    KAZ,
    Regardless of how you feel about the war, whether it is the War of 1812 or the current War on Terror, our soldiers are fighting for our country. You can disagree with the reasons or the motives behind, but our soldiers put themselves in harm’s way no matter what the cause of the war. The current war on terror may send a message to terrorists that we will not sit on our hands while you kill innocent people (which could mean you and your family at some point). You can appreciate those who defend our freedom and those who died in ‘voluntary’ wars seperately if you want (whatever that means), but their sacrifices are equally great.
    Sounds to me like you do not truly appreciate the job the soldiers do because you don’t agree with their mission. The point is that these men and women are willing to die for our country and we should all honor them regardless of how we feel about the conflict. I choose to lump them all together into one huge, brave group of people who defend the freedoms that I enjoy.

    Beth

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