God of the ages,
We thank you for all the men and women who have served in the armed forces of this country. We thank you for the freedom which their sacrifice has earned and guarded for us and for the people of the world. Help us to prize this freedom and use it well.
We seek your blessings today for all living veterans and their families. Give them a sense of satisfaction in their labors and help them know just how much this nation appreciates their service.
Come to the aid of those who have stumbled and who have no one to lift them up. Guide those who are having difficulty finding their way. Comfort those who grieve. Heal those who bear physical, emotional or spiritual wounds. Stand with those who provide care to them. Move us all to reach out in love to our neighbors who are veterans, or relatives of veterans, or who currently serve in the military.
We pray for the day when no one needs to take up arms. Help us to live now in anticipation of that day, as people who long for peace, who pray for peace, and who seek to be peacemakers in this world. Amen.