I pray for those now living who have in their hands the dreams of continuing that heritage for our children, and their children-and their children's children.
If it pleases You, O God, stir within us the embers of our past when we respected and honored our God and believed that the heritage of freedom, right-living and peace was Your gift to our nation. Provoke our conscience that this prayer may be for each of us personal, sincere and courageously visionary that the American dream will one again include your Divine Presence among us all.
I thank You for the dedicated men and women like 2LT Owens who serve in our armed forces. We pause in remembrance of these who have gone before them, often serving in harm's way to protect the liberties we enjoy today.
I pray that You will build a spiritual wall of protection around Lt. Owens, her fellow comrades in the 101st Airborne Divison, and that they all return from Iraq safely.
P.S. Go Army! Beat Navy!