Lord, what we remember of the past shapes who we are today and influences how we will act tomorrow. On this Memorial Day we remember and give thanks for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.
We grieve with those who grieve this day and pray comfort for those who mourn. We ask for the wisdom to allow the memory of those who died for a cause greater than themselves to form our words, opinions and decisions in ways that honor them.
Help us to take seriously the cost of war and enter into combat only when every other option has been exhausted. May the sacrifice of those we remember this day not be in vain, but instead guide us to work tirelessly for peace, justice and freedom for all people. Amen.