Monday, January 12, 2009

Warm Prayer For A Cold Place

A soldier with the US Army 6-4 Cavalry looks at Combat Outpost Lowell after an overnight snowfall in eastern Afghanistan.

Lord and Holy Protector,
you called Abraham and Sarah to leave their homeland
and to journey away from their own people.

Yet you kept them safe wherever they went.

Protect our children, our husbands and wives,
our mothers and fathers, and our friends and loved ones
who now must leave to fight in this war.

Walk by their side and calm any fear.

Be their companion and guide their thoughts;
Encircle them with your light, and keep them from harm;
And when their service is ended, lead them safely home again.

For you, O God, are our shelter in every storm
and our refuge in times of danger.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen

(Diocese of San Jose)


14 comments:

Grandpa-Old Soldier said...

Looks cold and lonley. I have done that many times. I know how he feels.

ABNPOPPA said...

I'm sending this picture to Jacob just so he knows what he may be getting into. Brrrrr. Hope you Airman is enjoying Ohio weather. We just got our first sort of real snowfall this weekend. But it's always warmer @ Wright-Patt. Has something to do with all those jets taking of and landing I think. Thanks for stopping by the blog.

Pops

Tami said...

This prayer is wonderful and leaves me with a sense of peace. Thank you so much for sharing.

aam

Mary Ellen said...

What a beautiful prayer! I've copied and printed it out because it says everything I would ever want to say.

Mary said...

AM

And I say...Amen! And that is for the troops of both the US and Canada. I pray they will all come home safely.

Now I see I have catching up to do.

Blessings for all you do for our troops.

Mary

Tonjia said...

beautiful!!!

by the way,you have been tagged.:-)

AirmanMom said...

grandpa...Please know my heart is filled with gratitude for your service and sacrifice!

AirmanMom said...

pops...please pass my warmest wishes to Jacob...and my thanks!

AirmanMom said...

tami...I am so glad to hear it had the same effect on you, as it did when I first read it.

AirmanMom said...

ME...I'm glad these words touched your heart so.

AirmanMom said...

mary...your kind words are deeply appreciated. please know prayers are lifted daily for our Canadian troops!

AirmanMom said...

tonjia...thanks for stopping by, I'll be stopping by to read you!

Brandy said...

Awesome Picture!

AirmanMom said...

brandy...I do appreciate your visit!!!