Pause for Prayer: SATURDAY 5/23

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Every year the soldiers of the Third United States Infantry Regiment ("The Old Guard") take part in a ceremony called Flags-In.  Just before Memorial Day, each of 228,000 headstones in Arlington National Cemetery is decorated with a small American flag. The flags remain in place until the conclusion of the Memorial Day Weekend when they will all be removed on Tuesday morning before the cemetery opens.

In addition to my prayer posted yesterday, here's another Memorial Day prayer, this from Alden Solovy.

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.

- by Alden Solovy at ToBendLight

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