Ready or Not

In honor of Veterans Day yesterday, please hear this prayer of remembrance.

Remembering is our responsibility, O God. We remember women and men of the armed forces who suffer trauma and disabilities from war.

We remember the families of military personnel who wait, and who deal with the effects of war on their loved ones.

We remember civilians who suffer and die in the midst of conflict.

We remember those for whom illness drags on. There are sick persons on our minds and in our hearts this morning. We remember them in a time of silent reflection.

We remember those who can no longer remember because of memory loss.

We remember those who have lost loved ones, for whom the pain of loss will not go away.

We support healers and pastoral care-givers; we work to ensure that health-related budgets and costs match up. Our remembering is valuable. Learning from the past can lead us to right actions.