A Veterans Day prayer

For those whom we have asked to bear the horror of our violence we offer our prayers of thanks for their willingness to stand between us and our fears, for forgiveness for having asked them, of healing for the damage to their souls by what they have done and seen, for mercy for them who don't know how to carry the horror back to us, how to shed the darkness we have asked them to drink, how to live among us, who are so willing to sacrifice our children.

May we give others peace to bear, not fear, healing to carry, not weapons, and send them into blessing, not danger.

May we, too, have the courage to serve, to risk, to give our lives in love for the sake of our homeland, which is the Kingdom of God, the whole human family, in the spirit of peace. Amen.

                   

__________________ Steve Garnaas-Holmes Unfolding Light www.unfoldinglight.net

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