Invocation for Veterans Day

11 11 2012

This is an invocation that I gave at our community Veterans service…

Gracious Father,
We come to you on this special occasion to remember those who have given their youth, their strength, and in some cases, their lives. But first we honor You, our supreme Commander-in-Chief. We acknowledge Your providence, protection, grace, and love. In this service, help us to properly honor those to whom honor is due. Let us be reminded that we live in the land of the free because of the brave. Thank you for the men and women of our armed forces who have seen combat or worked in support, highly trained and ready to respond to any threat that would jeopardize our liberty. I thank you for their character forged by discipline, tempered by duty, and found faithful in the time of greatest stress. We thank you for their loyalty to our nation, their ongoing contribution to her values, and their compassion for her youth. We thank you that they found You to be a very present help in trouble.

We pray for the veteran who was crippled in war with a lost limb, blindness, deafness, and other lifelong reminders of horror. We pray for those injured by the unseen wounds of the mind. Those who suffer from PTSD, TBI, and other neurological disorders. We pray for vets in homeless shelters or out on the street, suffering from wounds they do not understand. Give them comfort, protect them from hunger, cold, and cruelty.

We pray for those on active duty and those who are in the Reserves. We pray for those deployed who have taken up the baton of legacy. Keep them safe, give them hope, let them know that they are loved.

Finally we pray for the families. The gold star wives, mothers, and fathers We ask you to secure marriages that have paid such a high price with multiple deployments. We pray for the children who will miss their mom or dad this holiday. Fill them with Your understanding presence and give them a way to communicate with their parent this Christmas.

Now, as we open up this service, open up our hearts in appreciation. We ask this in the name of your Son, who gave His life a ransom for us all and declared, “greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends
Amen

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