Dear sisters and brothers in Christ and the Church of the Resurrection,
As we reflect on this Memorial Day may we be ever mindful of the sacrifices made by all people for the causes of freedom around the world and especially at home. May we be cognizant of the sacrifices made by our law enforcement and first responders who put their lives on the line every day and every shift they work.
We bow our heads in respect to you, and thank you for our great country.
Lord, we come before you today remembering our country's heroes both dead and alive. We purpose to make this day a time to show honor to the men and women whose sacrifice has helped to keep us safe and free. We acknowledge their bravery, and we want to recognize the sacrificial contributions of each one.
Stir our hearts, Lord, with patriotism and thankfulness as we think about our country's treasures lying in graves beneath our nation's soil and the soil of lands far away. May we be inspired to be more abundant in our giving as we commemorate their lives of service to others. They gave the ultimate sacrifice, and we respectfully remember them today.
Lord, we lift up the families and friends of those who gave their lives for their country. We ask you to minister to the deep longing of those who grieve. We ask you to bring your peace and supernatural comfort to each one as they recall their former happy times together.
As we observe this day, we want to again respectfully honor all the men and women who presently serve in our armed forces. May they feel appreciated, and may they be powerfully protected this day and every day.
We pray these things in the mighty name of Jesus Christ,