A truly lovely woman, the Rev. Barbara Crafton, publishes a blog from which I get somewhat daily feeds via e-mail. She posted the following today and I feel compelled to republish it here. Apparently it is not her work, so I am not concerned about copyright infringement, LOL!:
Blessings not only upon our young men and women overseas, but also those who protect our shores and I cannot help today but think about the firemen and women who responded and worked without stopping from all parts of the country to assist with the workers at Ground Zero some seven years ago. I think about my nephew, Patrick, a NYC police officer who also assisted and burned through pair after pair of boots in the recovery efforts. He is now a NYC fireman.
Pray for all of them – those who paid the ultimate price and those who continue on, making our way of life possible. God bless them and watch over them!
A Prayer of George Washington.
Except that it might really be Thomas Jefferson’s.
Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Tomorrow I go back to being my usual smartass self:) but o ne more thought: we human beings have so much more in common than we have different. Who among us didn’t weep at the poor children killed during China’s devastating earthquakes? Or the tsunami? Or the devastation wrought by the tornadoes plaguing Myanmar? The internet may be a place where people air their differences, but it is also a place where we can be fully human and share the blessings of humanity. So I also pray for the day when we no longer send our babies to kill the babies of other women!