A Veterans Day Prayer. 2013

Today — November 11 — is Veterans Day in the United States — or Armistice Day in Europe.

The idea behind Veterans Day is to have a day when we can think about the sacrifices paid by the many men and women who have served in the Armed Forces.

On this Veterans Day, I offer up a prayer from the tradition of the Presbyterian Church for those serving — and I add have served — in the military:

Righteous God, you rule the nations.

Guard brave men and women who risk themselves in battle for their country.

Give them compassion for enemies who also fight for patriotic causes.

Keep our sons and daughters from hate that hardens, or from score-keeping with human lives.

Though they must be at war, let them live for peace, as eager for agreement as for victory.

Encourage them as they encourage one another, and never let hard duty separate them
from loyalty to your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray, Amen.

Daily Reflection from Northumbria.11/3/13

The daily meditation from Mprnng Prayer of The Northumbria Community comes from Rowan Williams:

The Cry to God as ‘Father’ in the New Testament is not a calm acknowledgement
of a universal truth about God’s abstract fatherhood. It is the Child’s cry
out of a nightmare.

It is the cry of outrage,fear, shrinking away,when faced with the horror of the ‘world’
– yet not simply or exclusively protest, but trust as well.

‘Abba Father’ all things are possible to Thee …

Let us continue to cry out to God while following God and doing God’s will in the world!

A Needed Prayer

I found this prayer in the Mission Yearbook For Prayer And Study today and knew that I needed it — and needed to share it with others.

May God bless you:
With a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.
With holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people
With the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hands to comfort them and transform their pain into joy
With enough foolishness to believe that you really can make a difference in this world, so that you can, with God’s grace, do what others claim cannot be done.

Amen.