For this week’s Sunday Prayer, Tonia shares a thanksgiving prayer for our Service Members.
A Thanksgiving Prayer for our Service Members
by Tonia Gutting
For the beauty of the earth
For the beauty of the skies
For the love which from our birth
over and around us lies
Lord of all to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise*
Oh, yes Lord!
For burgundy berries and golden squash and corn the color of the sun it came from,
For the smells of abundance in roasting turkey and bubbling pie,
For laughter and hugs and even shared tears,
For all the extravagant, outrageous bounty of beauty that is impractical, unnecessary, for no reason other than to drown us in love–
For all these things, we thank you.
Because your love does this, we praise you.
And because of this overflowing love that covers every detail,
We can come to you with every confidence that you will help us with every heartache.
For those Deployed
Lord, we pray for our deployed who cannot be with us now
For those surrounded by metal, camo, sand
may they find the beauty that you have sent
and may they be your instruments in bringing beautiful peace.
May their hearts be surrounded with your presence
and please keep their bodies safe.
May they see you at work and be overwhelmed with life-changing gratitude.
We pray for safety.
We pray for focus.
We pray for rest.
We ask you, Father, for success
and a quick return home.
God Be With Our Service Members
And God please be with our service members and veterans at home. May their hearts swell with gratitude in this time and may the spirits of despair and depression and suicide be squelched. May we not miss any opportunity to reach out to them.
Because your love around us lies, may our grateful hymn of praise grow loud and strong and overwhelm the ugly evil of this world, Lord!
*For The Beauty of the Earth hymn by Conrad Kocher
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