Today (11.11.11) I remember the Veterans in my life: my dad, Richard. Carol, my wife, and Chris our son. I remember those I have worked with: Robert, Sean, Al, John, Bill and those, so numerous I will not attempt to name them all, with whom I have worshipped and learned about loving God and neighbor. I remember and give thanks for their selfless service to me and every American. I can barely imagine the cost to them.
I offer a prayer in thanksgiving and in hope:
Jesus, son of Mary, you came not to be served but to serve: bless all men and women who, with dedication and purpose, have served or are now serving in the Armed Forces of our nation. Grateful for their service we commend them to your care and protection. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in the moment of their need; give those now in harm’s way courage to face the dangers which surround them; heal those wounded in fulfilling their duties and make them whole; bring light and hope to those whose worries and burdens darken their days; and grant to each and every one a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; hear our prayer for your love’s sake. Amen.
May the day come when we learn war no more. ~dan