When my brother came back from his training at the Air Force, my reaction was to shriek “you’re back” at the top of my lungs. I’m sure I woke a few neighbors that night, but I didn’t care. I was just happy to see my brother after a few months. I know we have all seen those videos of veterans coming back home, how their children run to them, their parents, spouses, and even their dogs. Everyone is glad to see them return. But what about those that don’t return alive? What about those that come back differently than when they left? I knew I would see my brother again after his training, but I know I would have a hard time if he was sent overseas.

Today let’s pray for those who put their lives on the line for our freedom; our soldiers and police officers. Some people may see these as basic jobs, but they are not. An officer leaves his family to protect community citizens and risks never coming home. I know I will be back home in the evening when I leave to go to my office job unless something crazy occurs. It is not so for our police officers and military men. Let’s also pray for their families, who undergo much emotional turmoil at the thought that their loved one may one day never return home. They are selfless and put their lives on the line for us; we should be ever grateful and pray for them often.

"Lord, thank you for the service, men, and women. They dedicate their lives to keeping us safe and fighting for our freedom. May we never lose sight of how serious their jobs are. I ask that you keep them safe and help their families. I pray for comfort for those who have lost a loved one to crime or war. I ask that you may grant them peace and even joy in these difficult times. I thank you for them, and pray these things in Jesus' name, amen."

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”

Matthew 5:9

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”



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