As Memorial Day approaches, our thoughts naturally turn to recreation and the languid days of summer. I pray that, wherever you find yourself on Monday, take a moment to reflect on the liberties and freedoms we enjoy; acknowledge the debt owed to our heroic armed forces for defending our democratic way of life; and offer a prayer of thanks for their service to our nation. We are fortunate to have a prayer that collects and orders our thoughts for Memorial Day in the Book of Common Prayer, and I commend it to you for this our yearly remembrance:
“O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts, the men and women of our country who, in the day of decision, ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom, and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.”(BCP, p. 839)
Those of us attending church in-person or remotely on Sunday will add our spiritual intentions to this prayer. Mine are quite simple and from the heart: for all veterans, fallen heroes and for peace permanent and everlasting.
Onward in the Spirit,
Gareth Evans serves as the rector of St. Barnabas. He is an inspirational leader who brings significant pastoral experience, a depth of reverence in worship, and a relatable preaching style.