NIGHT PRAYER: Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend

Lord, on this long weekend 
we remember:
    those who left home and family
        to defend our nation's welfare;
    those who endured hardship and pain
        that we might live in comfort;
    those who laid down their lives 
       for our liberty and freedom...
So, on this weekend, Lord, 
help us fret not too much about:
    heavy traffic slowing travel;
    our beer and wine supply;
    good weather for our cookouts;
    or the macaroni salad
        that no one seemed to like...

Slow us down, Lord:   
    help us pause and pray, ponder and remember
    those who lived and died by your own words:
        Greater love has no one
        than to lay down one's life
        for love of friend and neighbor... 
Help us, this weekend, Lord,
revere and keep the memory
of those who loved us so...
Protect us, Lord while we're awake
and watch over us while we sleep
that awake, we might keep watch with you
and asleep, rest in your peace...

Many patriotic songs will be played and sung this weekend, but it's not easy to find music that really fits Memorial Day's purpose: remembering those who have died in our nation's service.  So, I'm repeating the selection from last night - but with a different video.  It's John Williams' Hymn to the Fallen.  It's an instrumental piece with a choral background: just right, I believe, for what this weekend is all about...
Hymn to the Fallen by John Williams
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