O Eternal God, from whom all life comes, to whom all life returns,
we remember all who served our country in the military.
We remember and we give thanks.
We give thanks for sacrifices made and losses endured.
We give thanks for acts of courage, grace and hope.
We give thanks for our brothers and sisters who gave the full measure of devotion.
We give thanks for those we knew well and those we never met.
Watch over the soldier who today walks in peril or stands guard in silence, so others can rest in safety. Give comfort to the veteran whose memories still lay siege to peace of mind, and give assurance the veteran who wonders if this country remembers a soldier’s sacrifice.
We pray for our brothers and sisters who are recovering from wounds in body, mind, spirit, or soul. Work healing in them in all the forms that healing takes. We pray for those who provide care to them. Show us ways that we can extend care and support.
We pray for families and friends and all who grieve for loved ones who have died. Meet them in the valley of death’s shadow. Embrace them in the healing warmth of your comfort, grace and love. Grant them and all of us the assurance that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the wonderful love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen