My Memorial Day Prayer

I wrote this prayer in 2008 in preparation for the Town of Concord's Memorial Day Parade and Exercises. As you'll see, I wrote to be as inclusive as possible for all who might be in attendance.
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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