We remember all who served!

Prayer for Memorial Day

Lord, what we remember of the past shapes who we are today and influences how we will act tomorrow. On this Memorial Day, we remember and give thanks for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. We pray also for those carrying the visible and invisible wounds of combat.

We grieve with those who grieve this day and pray comfort for those who mourn. We ask for the wisdom to allow the memory of those who died for a cause greater than themselves to form our words, opinions, and decisions in ways that honor them. We pray for strength for the caregivers who support those wounded by war.

Help us take seriously the cost of war and enter into combat only when every other option has been exhausted. May the sacrifice of those we remember this day not be in vain but instead guide us to work tirelessly for peace, justice, and freedom for all people.

Amen.

(From: The Presbyterian Outlook with some edits to acknowledge the caregivers)