Pause for Prayer: FRIDAY 5/27

Some call Memorial Day the "opening" of the summer season - a notion not at all related to Memorial Day's origins and meaningMillions will mark the day with time off and a cookout but fail to pause to honor those who gave their lives in service of their nation.

Here's a prayer I wrote some years back for my town's Memorial Day Exercises.  You might want to bring it to your own Memorial Day festivities and call others to pause for prayer...

Memorial Day Prayer

In the quiet sanctuaries of our own hearts,
let each of us name and call on the One whose power over us
is great and gentle, firm and forgiving, holy and healing...

You who created us,
who sustain us,
who call us to live in peace,
hear our prayer today.

Hear our prayer for all who have died,
whose hearts and hopes are known to you alone…

Hear our prayer for those who put the welfare of others
ahead of their own
and give us hearts as generous as theirs…

Hear our prayer for those who gave their lives
in the service of others,
and accept the gift of their sacrifice…

Help us to shape and make a world
where we will lay down the arms of war
and turn our swords into ploughshares
for a harvest of justice and peace…

Comfort those who grieve the loss of their loved ones
and let your healing be the hope in our hearts...

Hear our prayer today
and in your mercy answer us
in the name of all that is holy.


Memorial Day Prayer
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  1. I love your prayers and reflections, and find them very relevant to life. I am struggling badly with depression and anxiety and know many others who struggle this way. Could you please write a reflection for this? Thanks, Rosie x

  2. Dear Rosie... be sure of my prayers for you as you struggle with depression and anxiety - and I, too, know many people with the same concerns. I'm grateful that you find my prayers and reflections relevant to life - I hope that some of them have been helpful in your particular struggle - and I know that many who share your struggle have found help and peace in my posts here. Again, be assured of my prayers for you!


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