Being Woven

Memorial Day 2012

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Like warriors they charge;

like soldiers they scale the wall.

They march each on his way;

they do not swerve from their paths. 

Joel 2:7

They do not swerve from their paths.  United States soldiers are obedient, trained, dutiful, and fight for freedom.  Let us not take what these men and women do and are for granted.  They need our prayers, our constant support, and ties back to their homeland.  Whether they fight in a war that we agree with or in one that we oppose, they are the soldiers of the United States of America.  Stand by them in every way possible.

Father, please hold each one closely in Your protective arms.  Show Yourself strong on their behalf as they do their duty on foreign soil or here.  Send Your angels to surround each one as they fight, as they teach, as they destroy explosive ordinances, as they train foreign armies, in all they do.  I thank You for each person who volunteers to go into the service in these times.  I thank You for giving them abilities to do what they must do.  No matter what the job, please be with them each and all.  If they do not know You, Father, nor Your Son, Jesus, I pray that through all of this, they will come to You.  Draw them near.  Place one of Your Christian soldiers with them.  Give that soldier boldness to share You with the other soldiers.  (I just read something from WWII where someone said, “There are no atheists in foxholes.”  Father, let there be no atheists in Iraq, in Afghanistan, especially among the USA soldiers, in those foxholes, or tents, or buildings, or desert.)  If natives are near our Christian soldiers, I pray Your light shine from each one to these Iraqis, these Afghans, these Pakistanis, these Libyans.  Father, I pray on my knees, lifting my hands to You for every one of our soldiers. 

The Lord utters His voice

before His army,

for His camp is exceedingly great;

he who executes His word is powerful.

For the day of the Lord is great and very awesome; 

who can endure it? 

Joel 2:11

Jesus, I pray Your angels surround these men and women as they serve.  I thank You that You are with so many in their spirits.  I thank You that keep them close to You in all types of situations.  If they serve at home, as they are on USA soil between deployments, care for them mentally and physically as well as spiritually.  Once they are home for good, please provide the stability they need to face their lives with family, friends, and life home again without war.  Especially, hold the soldiers close who have had brain injuries, physical traumas, fears and mental traumas.  Make them whole again, Lord.  Please.  Thank You for protecting my Kenneth while he fought in VietNam, for bringing him home safely and allowing us to meet and marry years later.  May we never, NEVER, treat our soldiers the way we treated our VietNam veterans upon their return home.  Thank You for keeping Jim safe through his two deployments to Iraq and one to Bahrain.  Lord, may we find ways to help our men and women today as they return home so that they find their way to Your safe haven, are able to live and love safely in their home country.


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 “Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, 

and He will at once send Me more than twelve legions of angels?”

   Matthew 26:53

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For those who have lost their lives in battle, while serving this country, Father, I pray You care for the families, the children, the wives, the mothers and fathers of each and every soldier, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  O, God, why do we have war?  I lost my Daddy many years ago after his safe return from the Pacific during WWII, and then his safe return from Operation Crossroads and Operation Greenhouse (pieces of the Manhattan Project after the War), yet unknown consequences from radiation were to take him from me, from my sisters, from my mom.  You know, Lord.  I was only 12.  I still miss him today.  Would You hold me longer?  Rock me to sleep those nights when I miss him so?  Care for all of us who have lost someone through war or military maneuvers of some sort.  I pray, Lord, from the depths of my heart.  Each soldier is a gift for the gifts they give to us through their duties, through their stance, their representation of America, through who they are.  Thank You for every one of them.  In the Strong Name of Jesus, Amen.

 

Credits:Flag photo: taken by me (5/2009)
two photos from VietNam Veterans’ Memorial State Park @ Angel Fire, NM (taken by me 10/2011)Arlington Cemetery: Remember {{Information |Description={{en|1=Picture of graves decorated with flags at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 2008. }} |Source=Own work by uploader |Author=Remember |Date=May 26, 2008 |Permission=Public Domain

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