veterans’ day

Our God,

This day, we remember those who have paid and who do pay
for the incarnating of the dream that is this country—
who have fought and do fight for this dream—around the world.
We name our profound gratitude for their sacrifices—
all they paid and pay to protect—not just us,
but all that we dream this country to be.
May we, gathered in freedom to worship, be equally protective—
accept all they’ve given and give with the integrity
of those who are equally willing to sacrifice
to keep a dream alive—an alternative to so much of the world.

This day, we remember, as well, those who have paid and those who pay
for the incarnating of Your word—
who have lived and died and who live and die for Your dream—around the world.
So may we, gathered in worship, claim Your dreaming and our living
to consistently manifest Your alternative
to so much of how the world is.

This day, we commit ourselves
to dreams worth our own sacrifice
and pray to be found worthy—
more committed to the dream than to our own selves—
understanding our true selves to be found only in such dreaming.

Be ever-present to us, our God,
ever-present in and through us—
that we might, somehow, manifest you—
the dream made manifest even in Jesus—
in whose name we pray—

amen.

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