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Memorial Day Prayer; an e-note from Pastor Asher & Debbie
25 May 2012Posted by on
To all our friends and extended family from Christ United Methodist Church
This weekend our nation remembers those who have died serving our country. Memorial Day has its origins just after the Civil War when both North and South remembered the tremendous costs of the war and the way their loved ones lost their lives defending what they believed to be right, true and beautiful. It was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed at the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers. Over time, the Memorial Day holiday became a time to reflect, to honor the memory, and to remember all loved ones who died; it became a civil version of the Church’s All Saints Holy Day.
This weekend we’ll recognize our veterans and pause to pray both for those serving our country and those who have died in service.
Let us join in saying this short Memorial Day Prayer:
Loving and Gracious God,
Thank you for the men and women who protect us and preserve your gifts of life, country, and freedom at home and abroad, even at the sacrifice of their own lives. They and their families are the true heroes among us. Today we remember all those who have laid down their lives so that we can continue to enjoy the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Let your perpetual light shine upon them, and grant them eternal rest. Send out your angels to protect all who serve our country, and keep us free from injustice and harm.
We pray this in the name of the Father who understood and forgave us, in the name of Jesus who redeemed us, and in the name of the Holy Spirit who transforms our lives and makes us new everyday. Amen.
Asher & Debbie