Thursday, October 18, 2007
Creator of all that is good, thank you for bending low to hear the prayers of wounded but proud people.
Thank you for your own passion and tenderness towards us. We saw it in those we honor today who lived their lives protecting us.
Thank you for our memories. Let them encourage us by day, and comfort us by night. Let this memorial be a worthy and lasting reminder of all that is good, true, noble and right.
Receive our pain and replace it with peace. Take our fears and turn them to faith.
Keep us mindful that all life is fragile. Those who live in harm’s way carry extra burdens as do those who love them.
Grieving is hard work. Help us to be kind to ourselves and each other as we walk through our own valleys of shadows and death.
Take the “what ifs” and the “if only’s” and grant grace instead of grief, while we promise to remember that all give some, and some gave all.
And now, Creator and Author of Peace, who is slow to anger and abounding in love and grace, make Your face shine upon us and give us peace.