Father, I thank you for this country of mine and for the freedom and liberty I have. I know that this hasn’t come without a cost. Much too often the price is too high for our hearts and minds to comprehend. Thank you for those who stand strong and courageous when this nation sends out its battle cry. It is in their boot prints that we stand free and proud.
In heartfelt gratitude I lift up those who in service to our country are separated this day from their loved ones. Bind these separated hearts together with a strength and devotion that miles cannot break apart. Guard and guide these men and women until they are safe at home again.
With deep sorrow, I pray for those who have lost life, limb and hope in battles here and abroad. Surround them and their families with your loving arms. Give them the strength and courage to step into the days ahead. Let not their sacrifice be forgotten.
Oh gracious Lord, embolden us all to live our lives in a manner worthy of the sacrifices made. Let us not forget that the rights we enjoy have been paid for by the valor of others.
On this day, a day of remembrance and celebration when speeches will abound, let not our words be proud and empty. May we with humble hearts, pray and seek your face. May we turn from those things that bring sorrow to your heart and look for your forgiveness. Bless us Lord, this country and its people. May we never lose favor in your sight.