by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015
Lord, it is the not-so-welcome anniversary of the day the perspective of most of us shifted and we came to recognize the world is not as safe as we would have hoped. We had admit the sad certainty that even in this generation, there remain those who do not seek peace and do not want to let others live their way, but seek to dominate and destroy. Lord, September 11th is never an easy day. It is a somber anniversary. We remember and will never forget—both those whose lives were taken from them, those who gave all on that day and those who have served and given all since then. We are all connected and our world is less than it could have been for these brave, important, valued, cherished ones are no longer with us.
Yet, September 11th with all its hallowed remembrance has also become a celebration of a different sort. We cannot celebrate what happened on that day, but we can celebrate what people did in response and continue to do as part of their daily lives. Lord, today as we honor and remember, we choose to celebrate and give thanks for those among us who serve others. These are the patriots, the ones who make a difference. There is no measure by which we value the contribution each person makes. We simply celebrate those who serve.
Thank You for every single person. Thank You for how You have put each one in position so we can help one another as those in the crisis of 9-11-01 helped and were helped. Thank You for Your wondrous way of connecting all of us. Thank You that there is no whole in our communities and societies without all of us, for how You have ordained the specific many roles for each of us to have.
On Patriots Day we celebrate and thank You for how in Your wondrous plan, You ordained for it to take the many of us. You did not create us to live in isolation, but in community. We are thankful and we are thankful for every single person in our communities. It is by the action of each in his or her specific role that the positive difference is made in the world today.
So on this Patriots Day we ask You to bless each and every person. We ask You to help all people understand their God-given individual and corporate value. We ask You to fill all people with a sense of their worth because they were created by You and were born to good purpose. We ask You to protect our nation and all nations from those who would do harm and have intentions which are not in the best interest of society here or around the world. We ask that Your Spirit would fill us with more of Your goodness and that by this same Spirit we would know more the role You desire each of us to fulfill to spread Your Way of love, grace, mercy, purpose and true inner fulfillment around the world. We ask that we could hear from You better and that You would direct us very specifically for Your glory and for the love of every person.
We thank You for each person who embraces the call to stand up and serve others. We value all, and on this day especially remember to You first responders, medical personnel, military and veterans. We ask You to bless every single one and keep them safe as they serve to keep us safe. Protect them mind, body and spirit. Let the pressures of how they serve do no lasting harm to them. Bless their families. Encourage them. Give them strength for the journey.
We know You alone are God. We thank You for Your provision and perfect care through good times and bad, when we seem to deserve it and when we don’t. Merciful, kind One, we bow in awe to You.
Lord, please continue to care, lead and guide us. Please continue to show us all how to live in Your Way of peace and understanding more. Help us to be instruments of Your love and beacons of Your Light through the specific jobs You have for us. Do not forget to be merciful, for we do love You and want to honor You in all things. Be our God and let us be a nation known for being under Your banner, living in Your light of truth in Your magnificent, inscrutable Way. Our trust is in You. You are the only One upon whom we can rely. In You is life—now and everlasting. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. ~ Ps. 33:12aNUGGETS OF GOD’s WISDOM God’s Wisdom is more precious than gold. This blog by Elizabeth Fulgaro helps readers discover God’s way versus the world’s one “nugget” at a time. http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com
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Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way.
For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and on itunes.
Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss. For information email email@example.com or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org