NIGHT PRAYER: Wednesday 11/11

A Veteran's Prayer for Peace


A Veteran’s Prayer for Eternal Peace is a 15-foot-high, bronze sculpture at the center of a small park, a memorial to military chaplains, in Des Moines, Iowa.

The hands of  a veteran, Lord..
Hands that held and gripped a rifle
        are now empty, free, opened up in prayer...

Hands that once held off an enemy's approach,
    now beckon, to welcome and receive...

Hands that lifted up a fallen buddy's body,
    now raised in prayer to you
        to whom we lift the ones we lost...
Hands that trembled once in danger's face,
    now steady, calm and grateful
        for survival, life and hope...
Hands that stretched to you in loneliness,
    away from home and loved ones,
        filled now with love of family and of friends...
Hands that reached to you in prayer in time of war,
    now opened up in prayer for war to end...
Hands that served a nation's call to stand alert,
    now rest, at ease, in hands divine...

Protect them, Lord, our veterans,
and watch over them with care
that awake, they might keep watch with you
and asleep, rest in your peace...

Thank You, Soldiers by Michael and Angela Souders



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