Invocation for Pearl Harbor Day

5 12 2014

I hope this will be useful to those who remember Pearl Harbor in prayer. I was stationed at an ammunition depot near Pearl Harbor from 1973-1975.

Gracious Father,

As we assemble this morning to remember Pearl Harbor, we want to begin by giving honor to you. You are the God in whom we trust. We find that your grace allows us to rise up in times of crisis, as we call upon you. You have been a shelter in the time of storm.

Today, help us remember the heroes of December 7, 1941, many of whom never lived beyond that day of infamy. Help us remember those who were killed so suddenly that they had no chance to prove themselves. Help us remember the survivors and the fading remnant of sailors who depend upon us to keep alive the memory of their fallen comrades.

Ever keep us from thoughts of revenge or hatred, but help us be reminded that evil is alive and denial is not our avenue to security. Ever remind us that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. For the sake of the generations, let us pass on the hard truth that we could claim victory from tragedy only if we do not allow history to repeat itself. Let us ever see that Pearl Harbor energized a generation, the “Greatest Generation”, to look within, step up, risk everything, and humbly walk away.

We pray for peace. We pray that we could be a nation of peacemakers. But when our peace is threatened, help us to stand in the evil day. We pray for those deployed and in harm’s way even as we gather…protect them. We pray for those in secure areas that we feel are out of harm’s way…keep them alert. We claim the eternal truth of your Word that was proven at Pearl Harbor that even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we need to look to You as our Shepherd. Even though the way seems hard, we thank you that we have a Savior who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. All this we ask in Jesus Name. Amen

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3 responses

7 12 2012
Chaps

Hey, Pastor Dave. I have the honor of serving as a US Navy Chaplain. Today I am offering the invocation at a senior care center and was absolutely moved by your words. I am using your invocation as a template and will be giving you credit. I hope this is okay with you. My desire is that your words would move those in attendance as deeply as they moved me. Blessings, brother. -Chap Shepard

7 12 2012
daveluther

Chaplain Shepard,

You have honored me with your words. You can use the invocation anywhere you feel led. I used it this morning at a small Pearl Harbor Day remembrance. Thank you for your ministry to sailors. I was once a lonely teenage sailor who was greatly influenced by a Navy chaplain. God bless, Pastor Dave

6 12 2016
Dr. Jeffrey Daughtry

Pastor Dave. I serve as the Chpalain of Disabled American Veterans, Sarasota, Florida. Upon reviewing a multitude of poignant applicable resources. your articulate and passionate words exceed all. I am speaking tomorrow afternoon at USF Sarasota-Manatee Counties and request your permission to adopt portions of your passage for which I will proactively credit you with. Thank you for all that you do and God bless.

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