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A Memorial Day Prayer 5/31/10


In the Name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Our Father in heaven, the earth is yours, everything on it, in it and above it. We as your people know that you are our Creator and our God, that you have made us and that we have not made ourselves. We are your people and we are the sheep of your pasture.

Therefore, in the beauty of your creation on this day of remembrance and reflection, we enter into your presence with thanksgiving, into your courts with praise, and with thankfulness we bless your Holy Name. For you are good, your mercy is everlasting, and your truth endures unto all generations.

Today we gather at this place for this is hallowed ground into which the true heroes of democracy have been laid to rest. Lord, may it be that as we look upon their memorials, we would freshly remember that through their selfless sacrifices our freedoms have been preserved and protected from bondage and tyranny. As we reflect upon these things, may we consider our beliefs, our attitudes and our convictions and how we may contribute to the ongoing responsibilities in the protection and preservation of liberty and justice for all, under You, Dear Lord.

May the dedication and sacrifice that our fallen heroes have demonstrated be truly recognized, acknowledged and appreciated by us anew today. May their example inspire us to carry freedom forward into the future, into the next moment--Not next year, not next month, not next week, not the next day, but the next moments of our lives.

May we never forget that freedom is costly. It has cost in the past, is costing a dear price as we speak today and will continue to have a costly price in the future.

Thank you, dear Father, for the grace you have shed upon us as a nation, and may you continue to bestow upon us your grace. May this grace that we enjoy not be perceived as giving ourselves license to serve ourselves, but that as recipients of your grace we would truly love and serve our neighbor. Help us to remember that "Righteousness exalts a nation, but that sin is a reproach to its people." Bless us as we remember the examples of those who have offered their lives in a sacrifical manner, give us the grace to reflect upon that which has been done for us, and through this remembrance and reflection, may we respond with a heart of gratitude and service toward our neighbor today and tomorrow. In the Name of Jesus, we pray, Amen.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 01 Jun 2010 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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