God of our Freedom,
we give you thanks this day for those who have served this country and others,
for those who have given of their time and their talents to serve in the military,
for those who have sacrificed so much that we might be so blessed,
for those who have always understood themselves as servants who go above and beyond.
We confess that it is too easy for us to forget their struggles.
We pray for those who have served abroad,
and for those for whom the nightmares of war returned home with them.
We pray especially for those who suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome,
who battled with horrors that the rest of us can only imagine.
We pray for their families, as they care for and love them without ceasing.
May we be vehicles of your grace and your healing to help them
reach the wholeness which you intend for them and for all of us.
Help us to share the peace for which they have fought so hard to maintain.
Thank you, God, for veterans who have given and continue to give so much.
In your holy and sovereign name we pray. Amen.
Permission is given for use in congregational worship. Please give the following credit: "Written by Rev. Stephen M. Fearing - www.stephenmfearing.com"