Memorial Day Weekend Prayer 2013

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God of hope and freedom and liberty, on this Memorial Day weekend, and as citizens of this great country, and as people of faith, we’re asked to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many, over so many years, in so many wars, and sometimes with so little recognition.

We’re asked to think about and consider what those sacrifices have meant – not only for our own freedom, but for what’s truly important in life.  We’re grateful today, more grateful than we can say, for women and men who have given their lives for something larger than themselves, for a higher purpose, for a cause that’s still worth fighting for today.

We thank you that we can enjoy the benefits of their sacrifice, and we pray that we will never take what we have for granted.

On this weekend, we also remember the people of Moore, Oklahoma, for the families who lost loved ones, for the parents of the children who lost their lives, for the people who lost homes and possessions and pets and everything they spent a lifetime accumulating.

We’re grateful too for those who have responded, for those who are there now, for those who will work to put things back together, even though all the best relief work will never make things as they were.  We’re grateful to live in a culture where there is compassion for those in need, where we still come to the aid of our neighbor, where a tragedy for some becomes a tragedy for all.

Closer to home, we pray for our own community, for our own church, and especially for our own church members who face illness, and surgery, and recovery, and sometimes uncertain futures.  We pray for healing.  We pray for healing in body, mind, and spirit.  We pray for healing that allows us to come together and learn from the past and move forward stronger and more determined than ever.

As we leave here today, may we know that we have been in your presence – and that in that life-giving presence we have been changed.  We pray this in Christ’s name. Amen.

About Doug

I have been a writer ever since fifth grade when I won second prize in a “prose and poetry” contest. I am also a Presbyterian pastor, and for several years toward the end of my career I lived and worked in Zürich, Switzerland. I am now retired and live just north of Holland, Michigan, along the lake.

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3 Responses to Memorial Day Weekend Prayer 2013

  1. Dennis Ulmer May 26, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Nice Prayer, Doug. It not only recognizes those who gave their lives for America’s freedoms, but makes us realize what their sacrifice means. One of those freedoms is our right to practice a faith of our choice. As a nation we may face tragedy, or personal illness, but we can always call on our faith to get us through. May God also bless the members of the clergy who help us in times of sorrow and joy.

    May we always remember our heroes who died for our country, and may they rest in eternal peace.

  2. Sandy Steffen May 26, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    Amen & Amen Doug!!

  3. Charles Scouten May 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    Doug, your middle sentence, “We thank you that we can enjoy the benefits of their sacrifice, and we pray that we will never take what we have for granted.” hit home. We have so much that we sometimes forget that we too are pilgrims in a foreign land. This land is God’s not ours – he just lets us use it. Truly, we join with all others around the world in this great pilgrimage of life. Fortunately, we know we have the Holy Spirt to encourage and support us as we strive to measure up to our covenant with the Father – and Christ to pick us up with grace when we fail. Thanks for giving us food for thought this Memorial Day.

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