A prayer for Veterans Day

Righteous God, you rule the nations.
Guard brave men and women
who risk themselves in battle for their country.
Give them compassion for enemies
who also fight for patriotic causes.
Keep our sons and daughters from hate that hardens,
or from scorekeeping with human lives.
Though they must be at war,
let them live in peace,
as eager for agreements as for victory.
Encourage them as they encourage one another,
and never let hard duty separate them
from loyalty to your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Book of Common Worship, © 1993 by Westminster/John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky, [733], p. 818.

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