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May 30, 2015, 9:41 AM

Memorial Day Benediction


We had an awesome Memorial Day Service in Round Lake Village on May 25th to honor those who gave their lives for our country. Great speeches, wonderful mens choir, and I got to pray the Benediction - see below. Afterward two atheists in the National Guard came up to thank me for reaching out to them - it was a really neat moment. I love this country! What a blessing to live in such freedom and diversity!

Benediction for Memorial Day Service in Round Lake, May 25, 2015

Benediction means “Good Word,” and I thank Dominick for the opportunity to offer a Good Word to send us off today, as we complete this ceremony in Round Lake village honoring those that gave their lives in wars for our country. My Good word will take the form of a prayer in the name of Jesus.

I do this with great respect for the other faiths that are represented here and for those who thoughtfully choose to have no faith. The very lives we honor today were given fighting for a country founded on the basis of diversity and religious freedom, – as Abraham Lincoln said in his Gettysburg Address we are “conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” We are a country for which it may be said our task is to reconcile diversity with unity. We look forward to a time when there will be “No more crying and no more pain,” (Rev 21:4), and when we will “Beat our swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks. (when) Nation will not lift up sword against Nation. Neither shall (we) learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4).

The name Jesus means “The Lord Heals, The Lord Saves, The Lord Delivers.” It’s the best word I have. So I humbly ask you to join me in prayer using the name Jesus. Let us Pray:

“Lord Jesus, I thank you for the men and women we honor here today who, knowingly or not, followed your most important commandment – showing love for which there is none greater: giving up their lives for their friends. We pray for their widows, orphans, and those they left behind, that you would comfort those that mourn and show us how to care for them. We pray that as Lincoln said, that these men and women will not have died in vain. That Our Nation, under God, shall have continued transformation of Freedom and unity. And that as you have prayed we will ultimately, with all of humanity, be one, as you and the father are one. Your will be done, your kingdom come on earth as in Heaven.

In Jesus Name I pray.

Amen”

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