Improv on Micah 6:6-8 for Veterans’ Day

With what shall we come
to Veterans’ Day?
and how shall we honor
those who serve to protect our nation?

Shall we come with sales events –
new cars, mattresses,
and pre-Black-Friday discounts?
Shall we respond with cemetery flags,
parades of boy scouts
and middle school bands?

No, our hearts tell us what is good –
as good as the Armistice
after world war,
as good as dancing on the Berlin Wall.

What do our veterans require of us
but to do justice
by renewing lost benefits
and granting generous new ones,
to love kindness
by caring for those
who come home suffering
in mind, body, heart and spirit,

and to pledge a walk of peace
so that those who died
may not have fallen in vain,
and that children of all nations
may one day live humbly
with one another?

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4 Responses to Improv on Micah 6:6-8 for Veterans’ Day

  1. rezrevres says:

    As always Maren, beautifully crafted and spot-on with the sentiment. As one old veteran I appreciate your words, and pray that a day is not far in the offing when all the world will:
    “… pledge a walk of peace
    so that those who died
    may not have fallen in vain,
    and that children of all nations
    may one day live humbly
    with one another”
    Thank you.

    • Barbara VanAusdall says:

      Effectively and spiritually connected for reminding us so powerfully God’s requirement for all of us. Jack and I will be sharing this with our congregations and
      at a women’s retreat the Sunday prior to thanksgiving. Thanks for your gift!

    • Maren says:

      Thank you Matthew. I am glad that it had some resonance, even outside of the US where benefits have been cut so terribly — lots of show of honoring vets and then nothing for the poor — and our army is the economically poor — men and women when they return home.

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