Embracing Faith Through Prayer – Veteran's Day


By Katie Beckmann, Communications Manager


This week’s “Embracing Faith” article will focus on Embracing Faith through Prayer.

Yesterday, people throughout the United States came together to honor our Veterans, as well as recognize all of the brave women and men are currently serving in the military.


Whether you attended a parade, memorial service, or spent the day off from work, it is important to remember the meaning of Veteran’s Day and the sacrifice that many have made on our behalf.


One way to express your appreciation for the heroic women and men in our military, both past, and present, is with prayer.


A Prayer for Veteran’s Day (1)


God of mercy we ask for blessings on all those

who have served their country in the armed forces.

We ask for healing for the veterans who have been

wounded, in body and soul, in conflicts around the globe.


We pray especially for the young men and women, in the thousands,

who are coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan

with injured bodies and traumatized spirits.

Bring solace to them. May we pray for them when they cannot pray.


Have mercy on all our veterans from World War I,

World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Bring peace to their hearts and peace to the regions where they fought.


Bless all the soldiers who served in noncombative posts.

May their calling to serve continue in their lives in many positive ways.


Give us all creative vision to see a world that, growing weary with fighting,

moves to affirming the life of every human being and so moves beyond war.


We ask this through Jesus Christ.


Amen.

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