11/10/14

Pause for Prayer: VETERANS DAY 11/11


November 11 is Veterans Day.  Below you'll find my Veterans Day Prayer and two more from Alden Solovy and his page, To Bend Light. In addition to praying these words today, you might want to share them with veterans you know.

Prayer for Veterans 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...

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

Spare the poor, Lord, spare the poor!

May the peace you left us,
the peace you gave us,
be the peace that sustains,
the peace that saves us.

Christ Jesus, hear us!
Lord Jesus, hear our prayer!

Amen.

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To the Soldier, To the Veteran

These things I do not know:
The sound of a bullet.
The power of a blast.
The blood of a comrade.
The depth of your wound.
The terror at midnight.
The dread at dawn.
Your fear or your pain.

These things I know:
The sound of your honor.
The power of your courage.
The blood of your wound.
The depth of your strength.
The terror that binds you.
The dread that remains.
Your dignity and your valor.

For these things we pray:
The sound of your laughter.
The power of your voice.
The blood of your yearning.
The depth of your healing.
The joy that frees you.
The hope that remains.
Your wholeness and your love.

© 2011 Alden Solovy and To Bend Light

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Veterans Day Prayer

God of compassion,
God of dignity and strength,
Watch over the veterans of the United States
In recognition of their loyal service to our nation.
Bless them with wholeness and love.
Shelter them.
Heal their wounds,
Comfort their hearts.
Grant them peace.

God of justice and truth,
Rock of our lives,
Bless our veterans,
These men and women of courage and valor,
With a deep and abiding understanding
Of our profound gratitude.
Protect them and their families from loneliness and want.
Grant them lives of joy and bounty.
May their dedication and honor
Be remembered as a blessing
From generation to generation.

Blessed are You,
Protector and Redeemer,
Our Shield and our Stronghold.

© 2011 Alden Solovy and To Bend Light




   
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2 comments:

  1. Concord Pastor,
    I was wondering if I could have permission to use the Prayer for Veterans Day for our school Veterans Day program. We would like to attach a prayer to an army man to remind our families to pray for our military, both living and dead. Our program will be held on November 10,2017. I stumbled upon your prayer and thought it would be a perfect fit for us. Please let us know if we can use it. Thank you!

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  2. Absolutely, Jill - I'd be very pleased for you to use my prayer in your school. If possible, I'd appreciate your adding my web address below the prayer (ConcordPastor.blogspot.com) You need not include my name or any other information - it's always helpful to me when folks who use my work include a link to my blog.

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