Since we are in the midst of the Memorial Day Weekend we all need reminders that this is not “national grill in the back yard day,” but has other, deeper, national meaning. A day of commemoration of those how are and have served in the United States Military, all branches, both at home and abroad.
This is a day to remember that some did not make it back from wherever they were stationed.
This is a day to remember those who served valiantly in the many armed conflicts of this country, and for whose sacrifice of time, and stress, and wellness, and distance from those they loved, helped defend and protect our national life.
This is not a day of arguing endlessly about the plus or minus values of war.
Not a day for speaking angrily of “cannon fodder,” and the economic inequities of those who serve our country.
This is a day we remember,
and especially those who have died on our behalf.
We offer the endless thanks of a gentle and peace-loving nation.
(For the prayer below I have used the singular male pronoun, shown in italics. These words may be adjusted as necessary.)
A Prayer of Committal of the Dead
Into your hands, O merciful Savior,
We commend your servant.
we humbly beseech you,
a sheep of your own fold,
a lamb of your own flock,
a sinner of your own redeeming.
into the arms of your mercy,
into the blessed rest of
into the glorious company of
the saints in the light.
To them I say, Rest easy.
To you: Keep the faith.