Philippians 4:6“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Thank you for our many blessings. We thank You for this great country.
We thank You for those who serve our nation, we mourn the brave men and women, who gave their lives; while serving our nation.
We pray for the wounded and for their healing. Strengthen them.
We pray for the family members and loved ones, who have suffered from the misery of war and violence. We ask You to bless the family of our depart comrades and comfort all who gave their loved ones to our nations cause.
We ask for the safe return of all Service Members, who are still in harm’s way and we pray for the return of all who are missing in action.
We pray for peace abroad and peace at home and let each of us do our part to live peaceably with one another.
John 15:13“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
On May 30, 1868, a crowd of 5,000 gathered at Arlington National Cemetery for the first Decoration Day exercises. Before strewing flowers upon the graves of the dead, the crowd listened to an address by James A. Garfield (1831–81), then an Ohio congressman who had also served as a major general in the Civil War. In this first of such annual addresses at Arlington National Cemetery, Garfield, who in 1881 would become the 20th president of the United States, sets a standard by explaining what Decoration Day is all about and why it should be commemorated?
“I am oppressed with a sense of the impropriety of uttering words on this occasion. If silence is ever golden, it must be here beside the graves of fifteen thousand men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem, the music of which can never be sung. With words we make promises, plight faith, praise virtue. Promises may not be kept; plighted faith may be broken; and vaunted virtue be only the cunning mask of vice. We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue. For the noblest man that lives, there still remains a conflict. He must still withstand the assaults of time and fortune, must still be assailed with temptations, before which lofty natures have fallen; but with these the conflict ended, the victory was won, when death stamped on them the great seal of heroic character, and closed a record which years can never blot.”
In honor of Memorial Day, please join me in solemn remembrance of the friends, family and neighbors that we have lost in defense of our freedoms and way of life, men and women who gave, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, ‘the last, full measure of devotion’ to our country.
With thousands of men and women still serving in harm’s way, our gratitude and appreciation only continues to grow. The members of our armed forces represent our nation’s highest ideals, personifying the sacrifice and patriotism central to the American experience. The United States would not be the great nation that it is today if it were not for the courage and valor of the proud individuals who have served in defense of our values.
On this Memorial Day, as we pay tribute to those serving and to the fallen, I hope you will consider the following quote and take some time to show your appreciation to the veterans in your life and our communities:
‘As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.’
– John F. Kennedy
Romans 8:37-39“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Psalm 107:30-31 “Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!”
Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidst the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O, hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!
Christ, the Lord of hill and plain,
O’er which our traffic runs amain,
By mountain pass or valley low,
Wherever Lord our brethren go,
Protect them by Thy guarding hand
From every peril on the land!
O Spirit Whom the Father sent
To spread abroad the firmament,
O Wind of Heaven, by Thy might
Save all who dare the eagle’s flight,
And keep them by Thy watchful care
From every peril in the air!
O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them whereso’er they go.
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee,
Glad praise from air, and land, and sea!