Gracious and loving God,
On this Veteran’s Day, we pray for all who have served our country on land or sea or air, at home or in far away lands.
We honor those who never made it home and pray God’s peace and mercy for those who still long for the the presence of those who were lost around the holiday table this year.
We pray for those who made it home alive, but for whom life has never been the same. For those who have seen taking their own lives as the only way out of the pain and for those who continue to struggle to find a way to live again.
We pray for families left behind when soldiers deploy. For temporarily single moms and dads and for brothers and sisters who take on more than their share to help keep the family going and together.
We pray for our nation’s leaders. That they would be good stewards of the lives of our men and women in uniform and never take lightly having to send them in to harm’s way.
We pray for the leaders of all nations. That peace would be the number one priority for those who rule.
May we never take for granted what those who wear the uniform have done and continue to do for the rest of us–especially those of us who would be highly unqualified if ever called upon to serve in that capacity.
We pray all of these things in the name of the Prince of Peace,