A Prayer for Veteran’s Day

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for your love and for the amazing people you have brought into our lives.

We know that today, many of the people we love are remembering painful moments. Many are suffering from the trauma of wars. Please bring them your love and comfort. Please heal the pain of trauma. Give them the peace that only you can give.

Many of us are mourning the loss of our friends and family because of war. Bring us comfort. Help us to remember sweet things about those who are gone, so we can continue to celebrate their lives, even as we mourn.

God, thank you for every person who is serving or has served to protect our country and to bring greater freedom, hope, and peace into our world. We are thankful beyond words, but you hear our hearts. We want to honor their lives, their service, and their families through our prayers of gratitude.

Please forgive each of us for the ways we undermine that peace in our daily lives and interactions, through our thoughts, words, and actions. Help us to stay in your peace.

For all the people who serve in our armed forces today, and for all the veterans who have served, we ask that you keep them safe, bless their lives, and bless their families. Let them know how much you love them.

Thank you, Jesus, for how much you love us. As we remember the people who have died serving our country, we remember too that you died for us, to bring freedom from bondage and to give us eternal life. We thank you today with our whole hearts.