Gracious heavenly Father, you have given us life so that we would spend it in loving service to our neighbor. We thank and praise you for the men and women who have faithfully served our country in the vocation of soldier. Be and abide with them all and especially send the peace of Christ to those scarred physically and/or mentally as they sacrificed their comfort and risked their own well being to love and serve their fellow citizens. Give them all courage and strength as they live each day and protect the conscience of all who have seen battle that they may repel the accusations and assaults of the devil. Assure them always of the forgiveness of sins that is theirs for the sake of the shed blood of Jesus who died to take away the sins of the world. This we pray through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord who stepped onto the field of battle to wage war against sin, death and the devil on our behalf, pouring out His lifeblood into death in order to rescue us from that great enemy, the devil. Having ascended into heaven, He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, ever one God world without end. AMEN.