“For Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, that he might lead you to God. Put to death in the flesh, he was brought to life in the Spirit.” 1 Pt. 3:18
This weekend our nation celebrates Memorial Day reflecting on sacrifice, freedom, and peace. Here is a prayer for Memorial Day from the Center of Concern (https://www.coc.org/).
On this Memorial Day
Grant peace to the souls
of all those soldiers who died in war.
We remember the tears and grief of their families,
The pain of mothers, wives, husbands and children
Who lost precious loved ones.
To build a meaningful memorial to them,
We ask God to give us all the will
To work for peace around the world
So no more sons, daughters, husbands, wives, fathers, nor mothers
Are slaughtered by the guns and bombs of war.
We ask Mary, who held the lifeless body of her son
And was pierced by the sorrow of his suffering and death,
To grant us the compassion and wisdom to affirm life
And honor the dead through forgiveness and peace making.
May God have mercy on the souls of the departed.
Grant them peace, O Lord.
May we have mercy on the living.
Grant us peace, O Lord.
In Your name we pray.
As we deepen our commitment to work for peace may we remember that peace is a gift of God given through the sacrifice of His Son who was put to death in the flesh but brought to life in the Spirit.
Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood