I am thankful for the millions of American servicemen and women throughout our history that have given of themselves for what we today enjoy. I am sorrowful for those mourning the tragic loss of loved ones.
I pause in respectful prayer and give thanks, I make a petition for their families, and request safe return for those currently serving.
More than anything, I am ever-grateful to God for His abounding grace upon the people of these American states and upon our land. That He has granted us such prosperity is preposterous. Reflecting back through our history upon what He has done for us brings to mind blessings far too numerous to mention. The victories He has won, the undeserved favor He has shown us, the advances and progress are all attributed to Him.
In Him we live and move and have our being. In Christ we have life - abundant and everlasting. Remembering what He has done and is doing to accomplish that for us as part of our daily devotion to Him makes everyday Memorial Day.
God of the Universe; Bless those serving in the Armed Forces with assurance of Your presence and salvation won for them. Grant them wisdom, courage, and strength. Grant their families peace, comfort, and encouragement. Bless those grieving today as only You can. You are our Strength, our Shield, our Defender; the God in Whom we trust. And to Jesus Christ, the Beloved Son of God, I give honor to The One who laid down His life for all, in Whom I am saved for Your service. Forgive this country for turning from You and being disobedient to Your Word. Thank You for Your grace and patience with us, a sinful nation. Thank You for the freedom and the bountiful riches You have allowed. Draw us back that we might be an instrument of Yours in this world. Amen.
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