By David Hammer
The prayer is embedded in the lyrics of the melody This is My Song
(Thank you Terry Overfelt!)
This is my song, oh Ruler of all nations,
A song of love and peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home the country where my heart is;
Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;
But other hearts in other lands are beating
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.
Creator, who breathed life and soul into a parcel of soil, thereby creating humankind to accompany you on this majestic and bountiful earth . . . We gather today to mourn and remember those who gave their lives for this country, this experimental melting pot of people of all colors from all corners of your earth. This nation that first realized that all people you created are born equal in their rights to live and pursue purposes, hopes, visions and loves.
As we remember those who fought and died for us on foreign soil, let us remember the families who lost them and who, not just once a year, but every day, miss and mourn them. Let us also remember well and daily those who returned, but who carry the unending and painful burdens of soul wounds that cloud their days, haunt their nights, torture their families, and too often end in lonely, self-inflicted deaths.
My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
And sunlight beams on clover leaf and pine;
But other lands have sunlight too, and clover
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
Oh hear my song, thou God of all the nations,
A song of peace for their and for mine.
Ancient One, help us learn from those, who like your Son, gave their lives for their people. To those wounded and troubled veterans who returned, let us open our hearts, extend our hands, hear their stories, and bring them all the way home. Let us listen to, and learn from, the elder wisdom that their painful transformations from war have taught them.
This is my prayer, oh Ruler of all nations:
Let they reign come; on earth thy will be done.
In peace may all earth’s people draw together,
And hearts united learn to live as one.
O hear my prayer, thou God of all the nations;
Myself I give the; let thy will be done.
Finally, Great Spirit, let us remember that the young men and women who put their lives and souls into harm’s way for us, were fighting for the idea of a united country. A country of understanding, loving and sharing people committed to working tirelessly together for the common cause, universal good and world peace. Help us be worthy of their sacrifices and help us bring them all the way home, receiving your hidden blessing as we do – that as we welcome them, so will we ourselves, be transformed by their healing.
Keeper of all Souls . . . I worry, even as I pray for hope, harmony, forgiveness, wisdom, sharing and peace among us . . . if we don’t share the burdens of freedom as a united people, if we don’t care for and help heal those who suffered for us – yes, I worry — will you send for our grandchildren, when they need them, the legions of selfless warriors you previously have given our people when danger threatened?
Thank you for our incredible Earth, our many gifts, our lives, our loves, our friendships, our dreams, and our freedom to worship without fear. May we always strive to follow Christ’s teachings as we enjoy your loving generosity. We pray together today in the name of Jesus Christ, the Ultimate Warrior, who willingly and painfully died for each of us and all of us, created a world-wide movement of love and peace, and did not shed a single drop of another human’s blood.
And we say together, AMEN.