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.