Prayer for a young woman who will leave our church to begin her military service

(A friend asked me to write this prayer for a young woman in her church. I do not know her name, but as you read it please pray for her as well as for young people of every country offering this gift to others)

Go, our friend, in the shadow of Veteran’s Day,
honored to be the veteran of our tomorrows,
for we wish you –

eyes to see new places and new faces,
a heart to open in compassion,

courage for your training,
courage for your waiting,
courage for your fighting,

companionship deepened into love
for those with whom you serve,
pride in everything you do
under the waving of our flag,

sweet memories of those
who have nurtured you,
sure knowledge that we pray for you,
God’s tenderness in every loneliness,

and a blessing for every step
of your journey,
in the name of Jesus
who said that veterans like you
understand the true authority
of God’s brave and healing grace. Amen

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3 Responses to Prayer for a young woman who will leave our church to begin her military service

  1. While the antics of our political candidates give us much grief it is important to remember that some of the best of us are going to war. Thank you, Maren.

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