Posts Tagged ‘memory’

Those Who Went Before Us

May 31, 2010

Lord, on this Memorial Day we give you thanks for those who gave us life, who taught us how to live, and whose memories bring both pain and laughter.  We thank you for the stories that shape our lives, and the gift of photography that helps us to understand our past.  We thank you for our families and our friends O Lord.

On this Memorial Day we give you thanks for those who fight for our country and those who have died in its service.  Let us be ever aware of their sacrifice and the full costs of war.  Help us be wise in our use of the freedoms they defend and in the policies we choose.  Help us to be generous in our support of those who serve and of their friends and families.  Help us to pursue peace in our lifetimes O Lord.

And on this Memorial Day we give you thanks O Lord for your presence in our lives and for your promise of eternal life.  Help us to follow in your ways, to lean not on our own understanding, and to find comfort and meaning in our memories.  Help us to guide our children to value the past, find hope for the future, and follow us in faith.

We thank you O Lord, for lives present and past, and for the cycle of life that keeps us searching for you.

Amen

Memory Guides Us

September 13, 2009

The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the names of the wicked will rot. Pr. 10:7

Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? Mk 8:18

Lord, we thank you for our museums, monuments, and memorials.  We thank you for museums that save knowledge and educate new generations so that we do not repeat our mistakes, and for museums that preserve the art of past generations so that we may be inspired and find new ways of understanding our world.  We thank you for monuments that record our history and help us measure progress.  We thank you for memorials that remind us of sacrifices made, of lives well lived, and of the greater purposes of life.  The Liberty Memorial in Kansas City states at its base: “The memorial also symbolizes the obligation that rests upon present and future generations to preserve that for which those men and women offered their all, and from many of whom the supreme sacrifice was accepted.  May their memory live on, and may every American who looks upon this noble edifice be inspired by their devotion.”  As we see our history before us O Lord, help us to both celebrate and grieve those who have given lives in defense of our country, those who lost their lives in terrorist attacks both domestic and foreign, and those who have died while working to preserve the safety and security of others.  May their lives inspire us to work harder to meet our obligations to past and future generations, to serve others, and to trust in you O Lord.

Amen.