For many of us Memorial day marks the official start of summer and after the winter we had here in the Northeast I'm sure everyone is excited for summer to being but let us not forget what this day really means.
Memorial Day, formerly Decoration Day, was first enacted to honor union soldiers of the Civil War. It was extended after World War I to honor all of our American soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our freedoms. It is a day to remember those that have given their life for our freedoms and a day to remember those family and friends that are no longer with us.
Please take a minute today to say a prayer for those who have served and are still serving our country because without their sacrifices there is no telling where we would be today.
Memorial Day Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day, we think of how they have followed in the footsteps of your son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Please hold our servicemen and women in your strong arms. Cover them with your sheltering grace and your presence as they stand in the gap for our protection.
We also remember the families of our troops. We ask for your unique blessings to fill their homes, and we pray your peace, provision, and strength will fill their lives.
May the members of our armed forces be supplied with courage to face each day and may they trust in the Lord's mighty power to accomplish each task. Let our military brothers and sisters feel our love and support.
In the name of Jesus. Amen.