Thanks to troops

On this day, we celebrate a great national experiement. A nation dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. One where all people can have the values of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is a great civilization and there have been hundreds of thousands who have striven to build it well.

I want to take a moment this day to thank God for the men and women who not only dreamed it up, but fought for it and died for it. I am expecially grateful for the men and women in uniform who currently protecting us in Afghanistan, Iraq, and here in the U.S. I am grateful that every morning I wake up safe, not under tyranny, able to raise my kids with freedom, worship God and speak my mind. Thanks to the soldiers, sailors, marines and others who make this possible!

And Lord, on this day, we pray for these men and women. I pray that you will keep them safe, draw near to them. May they know your presence and power as they never have in the past. May their actions be full of integrity. Protect them from mistakes or lapeses of judgement. Protect them from the evil one and evil men. Give them the grace to handle the immense pressure of war. Claim them for your own in the midst of difficult trial. Show them your steadfast love for them and help them Lord, we pray...In name of our King of kings and Lord of lords - Jesus, Amen