in whom we live, love,
and have our being,
we take time today to uplift
the heavy hearts of those
for whom Memorial Day
is more than a mere diversion,
but is, instead, a painful time of
and enduring bereavement.
This day we remember with compassion
your children who have lost
their lives to war.
Incline us to honor their memory,
with a sincere pledge to seek peace
and nonviolent solutions
to world conflict.
We pray for the safety
of those entering military service
and comfort for the many
returning from combat with
wounded bodies or minds sickened
by the sights and sounds of war.
Our prayers also extend,
to those who still wait and pray
day by anxious day
for that precious moment of reunion
with a distant family member,
or loved one.
And to others —
whose reunion has been
sorrowfully delayed until that
heavenly homecoming with Christ
in the fullness of time —
we offer the gentle assurance
of your promise to all believers:
“Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.”
(From a prayer by Tracy McNeal)
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