With today being the Marine Corps’ birthday and with Veterans Day right around the corner, I want to take a moment to remember those who sacrificed so much for our freedoms. I know it’s easy to think our wars are in vain due to the politics that surround them, but soldiers don’t sign up for oil companies, Bush Family’s unusual thirst for vendetta, or to line the pockets of corporations, lobbyists, and politicians. They sign up because 9/11 pissed them off. Because Hitler was an asshole, and there are men of worse character in charge of things overseas, and we want to make sure they don’t have any world power. Because at heart, they are warriors who want to join one of the best military forces the world has to offer, and they want to keep it that way.
And not all of them see war, thank God, because nothing breaks a pure heart like watching flesh splatter all over the earth for reasons you aren’t sure, whether it happens to your brother of war next to you, or the enemy caused by you. But that doesn’t mean they don’t sacrifice for your freedoms. Every job in the military is important for the military to fulfill its mission, even the ones at home. Men and women who don’t see danger still leave their families for long lengths of time. They still have to pass a PT test. Their work day’s are still 12 to 16 hours. The easiest job in the military still requires the same character, commitment, integrity, courage as the hardest job. It still requires more effort and sacrifice than the civilian counterparts, and at less pay for the most part.
And there is so much more to the military than war. Most of the funding you see being swallowed by the military category in a federal budget really goes to things like technological development. While the military technology is designed with weaponry and gathering intelligence and all the arts of war, the civilian population still basks in the glory of military innovations. Our planes improve every time the military discovers something cool. The internet? The military played a major role in its development. Satellite? That was Air Force. And so was an important component found in your iPhone that makes an iPhone an iPhone. Then there are the technologies that are inspired by the military like half of the games Xbox has to offer.
In addition to technological developments, the US Military also engages in peace keeping missions. The republicans generally love the military for their ability to blow up the enemy, but the liberals should be loving us because we build schools and hospitals in places like El Salvador. The military is cheaper than civilian contractors when it comes to hard labor, and because many of our guys and gals cross-trained into various jobs, many of our service members can do more than one job required to build something. Nobody is better equipped to do such a thing in this world. Instead of worrying about eliminating the military (which is stupid because people do want to see you dead for being an American alone), how about focusing protests and internet rants on doing more peace keeping missions?
So for prayer Sunday (which is being posted on Monday because I’m a busy mom on Sundays), I would like to say a prayer for our veterans.
“Jesus, you said, ‘There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ Today we pray for those men and women who have, in their military service, sacrificed their time, strength, ambition, health and even their lives on this earth to benefit ‘friends,’ known and unknown.
Many of our warriors carry scars in their hearts as well as on their bodies. Dark memories haunt their dreams at night. Fears cloud their waking hours. Jesus, you came to give us abundant life by providing a way for us to release our pain to you. On the cross you bore our sorrows and brokenness and when we trust you, we can exchange our wounds for your joy in a future unhindered by fate. Bring this gift now to the veterans of our nation who bear tangible and intangible wounds. Heal them, Jesus.
Bless the families of soldiers who bear these pains vicariously. Give them patience and wisdom and strength to endure, and more than endure to hope in faith for a blessed life. God, not everything that happens in life is good. But you promise to work all things together for good to those who love you and align their lives with your purpose. Create good in the families of veterans who have experienced pain and loss. Do this miracle, we pray.
We honor our veterans in your name. We thank you – as we thank them – for their sacrifice. We ask you to return to them the favor of your blessing, a gift we on our own could never offer. We ask that you would give our veterans a peace beyond the peace they fought to secure, a peace in their own hearts, wrapped in the joy of a life touched by your strong hand.
In Jesus we pray…”
And a prayer for our Soldiers…
Please be with our soldiers as they serve our country.
Give them courage to face their fears
Strength to carry on
Give them heart to lead each other
Wisdom when their guns are drawn
May their feet carry them swiftly
May their hands be steady and aim be exact
May their armor never fail
Bring them home with their bodies and sanity in tact
May you be their protection and their family’s peace
May they honor you and honor us
May they be committed to our country and each other
May In God they trust.
In Jesus Name we Pray
Written by Michelle Grewe (some of it is inspired and paraphrased by memory of something a grunt once said on the 11Bravo Facebook that I cannot find again to quote, but their’s didn’t rhyme).
To all who serve…