A Memorial Day Prayer

Discussion in 'ten-forward' started by hayc59, May 28, 2004.

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  1. hayc59

    hayc59 Guest

    Eternal God,
    Creator of years, of centuries,
    Lord of whatever is beyond time,
    Maker of all species and master of all history --
    How shall we speak to you
    from our smallness and inconsequence?
    Except that you have called us to worship you
    in spirit and in truth;
    You have dignified us with loves and loyalties;
    You have lifted us up with your lovingkindnesses.
    Therefore we are bold to come before you without groveling
    [though we sometimes feel that low]
    and without fear
    [though we are often anxious].
    We sing with spirit and pray with courage
    because you have dignified us;
    You have redeemed us from the aimlessness
    of things' going meaninglessly well.
    God, lift the hearts of those
    for whom this holiday is not just diversion,
    but painful memory and continued deprivation.
    Bless those whose dear ones have died
    needlessly, wastefully [as it seems]
    in accident or misadventure.
    We remember with compassion those who have died
    serving their countries
    in the futility of combat.
    There is none of us but must come to bereavement and separation,
    when all the answers we are offered
    fail the question death asks of each of us.
    We believe that you will provide for us
    as others have been provided with the fulfillment of
    "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
  2. greyfox

    greyfox Registered Member

    Jul 8, 2003
    Washington State USA

    That was a very lovely and moving prayer.

  3. ssgtmax

    ssgtmax Registered Member

    May 2, 2004
    Phoenix, AZ
    Boy, I can't add anything to THAT. Well done.... :)

    I plan to do what I do most Memorial Day weekends: watch The Greatest Spectacle in Racing on Sunday and then drive over to my old home town on Monday to attend the Memorial Day Remembrance services @ the local cemetery. It's a sea of small flags marking veterans' graves & larger ones along the roadways. The sound of Taps never fails to bring that ol' lump in the throat.

    Everybody drive safely (and expensively this year) out there. NO ALCOHOL!
  4. LowWaterMark

    LowWaterMark Administrator

    Aug 10, 2002
    New England
    Since this site tries to keep politics out of postings, the added replies were removed from the end of this thread and it is now locked from further replies.
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