MEMORIAL DAY 2017
God of Our Fathers, whose Almighty hand did make and has preserved our Nation, grant that Americans everywhere may understand what it is today we truly remember. May Americans remember how bitterly our freedom was won, the down payment that was made for it, the installments that have been made since this Republic was born, and the price that must yet be paid for our liberty to be preserved! May freedom be seen, not as a right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to please to do what is right. May it ever be understood that our liberty is under God and can be found nowhere else. As a nation, may we never be ashamed or afraid of standing alone for the rights of men, since we were born that way, as the only nation on earth that came into being “for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.” To the extent that America honors you, Oh Lord, will You please bless America, and keep her true as You have kept her free, and please make her good, and our leaders true servants under Your direction. Make America, herself, Your servant, Your chosen channel of blessing to all lands, lest we be cast out, and our place be given to another. Thank you for the dear precious sacrifices made by countless soldiers and their families to preserve the values contained in our Founding Documents, and which made this Nation exceptional and a true guiding light on a hill. We remember this day most particularly as a day of solemn remembrance to those brave men and women who put down their plows and school books, set aside their dreams, chose to interrupt their lives, and often their families, and picked-up swords of battle to defend what You, dear Lord, birthed in the founding of America. We remember this day the men and women of our United States Armed Forces who willing paid the price for peace, who gave their own life so another may live demonstrating the truth in Scripture that says; “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). We recall with great honor, great dignity, those who paid the ultimate price so freedom could ring from every school house and every steeple across our Land, so you and I may enjoy the fruit of liberty which only freedom from tyranny and bondage can bring. Dear Lord, may we never forget their unselfish sacrifices, from Lexington and Concord down through rice paddies of Vietnam and onto the barren lands of Iraq and hills of Afghanistan, and countless other little known places where freedom was being extinguished. May their loved ones rest in the knowledge that America remembers their family member who stood tall before he or she fell, and may we, the beneficiaries of their sacrifice, live nobler lives and dedicate ourselves anew to You, Oh Lord, and to our fellow countrymen. I pray in Jesus Christ’s Name. Amen and Amen –
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