On the eve of Memorial Day, my brother and I were among the thousands sitting on the west lawn of the Capitol, listening to the music and stories at the National Memorial Day concert.
There was a special emphasis this year on disabled American veterans. A number of disabled vets were in the audience as we watched videos of some of their stories and saw the new memorial with its eternal flame not far from the Capitol.
It was a powerful experience.
Sometimes I find it difficult to know how best to support members of the armed services and their families. (If you have ideas, please let me know!)
One resource I’ve been looking at recently is the “Prayer Book for the Armed Services.” An ELCA Lutheran resource, it was developed with the review and contributions of military chaplains and other service members.
It includes prayers for unique situations: absence from a partner during deployment; issues related to critical incidents, promotions, and discipline; and prayers for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing and strength.
Not only a book of prayers, the pocket-sized paperback book has psalms, as well as familiar hymns and songs.
I have ordered 20 of these (to start) to give away. If you or someone you know could use such a prayer book, please let me know. They are meant to be shared.
Thank you for your service.