Inner Lights


Prayer for All Those Trying to Keep the Peace
by Frederic Brussat



We remember in our prayers this special day,                                                                        All those military personnel
who died during wartime,
putting their lives on the line
for their loved ones and the cause of freedom.
We are thankful to them
for trying to keep the peace
according to their inner lights.

We also cannot forget the many combatants
who died in the line of friendly fire
and the ordeal their families went through
to find out the truth.
We are thankful to them
for trying to keep the peace
according to their inner lights.

We are grateful for the bravery and
conviction of nonviolent men and women
who refused to go to war and
suffered the consequences of their stand.
We are thankful to them
for trying to keep the peace
according to their inner lights.

We respect all those resilient souls
who have spent their lives protesting
against war and paid the price
with their own loss of freedom.
We are thankful to them
for trying to keep the peace
according to their inner lights.

We mourn the deaths
of innocent civilians caught
in the crossfire of war.
We remember as well the animals,
plants, and waters destroyed by
the weapons of war.
All they wanted, all we wanted,
was for the combat to cease
so they could live with dignity.
We are thankful to them
for trying to keep the peace
according to their inner lights.

On this Memorial Day of
remembrance and reconciliation,
we are confident that God has taken
all these men, women, and beings
into Her warm embrace.
We hold them all in our hearts
and are thankful to them
for trying to keep the peace
according to their inner lights.

So be it.

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