Pray for Veterans, part 3May 14, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Posted in prayer, Veterans, warriors | Leave a comment
Tags: Memorial Day, The Sentinel's Creed, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and every week of the year a soldier guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington D. C. This action is part of the respect paid to fallen military veterans. I visited that site as boy with my family. We watched the guard at his post and we watched the changing of the guard. It is quite a moving ceremony. This Friday I want to share something about this ceremony.
The Sentinel’s Creed
My dedication to this sacred duty is total and wholehearted. In the responsibility bestowed on me never will I falter. And with dignity and perseverance my standard will remain perfection. Through the years of diligence and praise and the discomfort of the elements, I will walk my tour in humble reverence to the best of my ability. It is he who commands the respect I protect, his bravery that made us so proud. Surrounded by well meaning crowds by day alone in thoughtful peace of night, this soldier will in honored glory rest under my eternal vigilance.
Amazing isn’t it? We in America are blest with freedoms most people would leave the countries of their birth for. Yet it seems so many born under this freedom have so little respect for the veterans of this country. It also seems to me at times that so many born under this great freedom have so little common sense anymore. Take the time to thank a living veteran for the freedom you have. Take time this Memorial Day to honor the veterans who gave their lives to protect our freedoms. Take the time to pray for a veteran. Let’s pray for:
1. Their protection, spiritually, emotionally and physically.
2. Their family’s protection and for God’s provision in their lives.
3. Many to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
4. The many godly chaplains to do their ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit.
5. The families that have had loved ones die to experience God’s comfort, mercy and presence as they grieve (2 Corinthians 1:3).
6. The general public to appreciate what these men and women do to serve their country.
7. The healing of broken bodies and emotions because of what they have gone through.
8. That no matter what the circumstances they have experienced, they would turn to God and not away from Him.
9. However else God may lead you to intercede for someone.
Thank you for praying. Your prayers make a difference and they are important. Someone may not know you are praying for them down here, but Almighty God knows you are praying. God responds to His people’s prayers. Stay faithful and hopeful!
Much GRACE and peace to you,
Bill (a fellow-laborer)
Romans 15:13; John 15:7
A “veteran” – whether active duty, discharged, retired or reserve – is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to the “United States of America,” for an amount “up to and including his/her life.”
– Daily Strength for the Battle, p.12.
“The nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools.”
If I Knew Then by Brian Willis, p. 59.