A Prayer for Memorial Day

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Eternal God,
who reigns over all the nations of the earth
and knows the days of every human life,
as we remember those who have given their lives
for the freedom we enjoy every day,
we also remember the words of Your Son, Jesus Christ, who said,
“Greater love has no one than this:
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Thank you for their ultimate sacrifice
and help us to live with regard for what they have given each day.
We also pray for their families,
asking that You would bless them
and provide for their needs in the midst of loss.
We recognize that the nations will rage
and there will be wars and rumors of wars
until the time of Your return as victorious King.
Even so, we pray for true peace to cover the nations of the earth,
that the loss of life will decrease and abundant life will increase
until the day when You usher in a new heaven and new earth,
where death shall be no more,
and all mourning, crying, and pain will cease
as the old order of things will pass away.
All this we pray with praise and thanksgiving
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns at Your right hand
as both the sacrificial Lamb and the Lion of Judah,
Amen.

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