Pause for Prayer: SATURDAY 5/29

In my corner of the vineyard it's going to be a rainy Memorial Day weekend. The weather will put the damper on cookouts but it shouldn't keep us from the purpose of this holiday: remembering and honoring those who have died while serving our nation. So, rain or shine, let this prayer begin to color your Memorial Day weekend... 

A Prayer for Memorial Day Weekend

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 were 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 the victory of peace…

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

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



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