A Prayer for Veterans and their Families – by Mark and Jill Herringshow
“Jesus, you said, ‘There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ Today we pray for those men and women who have, in their military service, sacrificed their time, strength, ambition, health and even their lives on this earth to benefit ‘friends,’ known and unknown.
Many of our warriors carry scars in their hearts as well as on their bodies. Dark memories haunt their dreams at night. Fears cloud their waking hours. Jesus, you came to give us abundant life by providing a way for us to release our pain to you. On the cross you bore our sorrows and brokenness and when we trust you, we can exchange our wounds for your joy in a future unhindered by fate. Bring this gift now to the veterans of our nation who bear tangible and intangible wounds. Heal them, Jesus.
Bless the families of soldiers who bear these pains vicariously. Give them patience and wisdom and strength to endure, and more than endure to hope in faith for a blessed life. God, not everything that happens in life is good. But you promise to work all things together for good to those who love you and align their lives with your purpose. Create good in the families of veterans who have experienced pain and loss. Do this miracle, we pray.
We honor our veterans in your name. We thank you – as we thank them – for their sacrifice. We ask you to return to them the favor of your blessing, a gift we on our own could never offer. We ask that you would give our veterans a peace beyond the peace they fought to secure, a peace in their own hearts, wrapped in the joy of a life touched by your strong hand.
In Jesus we pray…”
Stuff we wrote this past past week:
On Wednesday, Dee and I made our podcast debut. Please hold your applause until after you listen to it. We discussed professional development, weird birds, and some awesome books on this week’s episode of The Funny Business Podcast.
On Friday, Practically Social this week focused on Veterans Day with an extremely adorable video in the middle of the week.
Stuff we liked this week:
First, know anyone who is in the process of applying to college? In case you want to give them some advice on what colleges are looking for, the answer is: everything. And it’s only getting more difficult.
Second, it seems like every time you check your email there is some sort of new scam out there you have to be wary of. Even when you do everything right and create 8,000 character passwords – you’re still not safe. You can try though, and here are 15 ways to help tip the scales in your favor.
Third, a group of unsuspecting moviegoers had their Thor experience interrupted. I don’t think they minded too much seeing as the interruption came from the cast of the movie and they put on a live budget production of the film.
Fourth, when you get stuck in a elevator it can go one of two ways. Either it is short-lived and makes for a good story or it lasts a nightmarishly long time and you are forced to do things that make you hope there is no security camera in there. Luckily for this doctor, he fell into the former category and probably gained some Snapchat followers because of it.
Fifth, the Mustang Fire Department knows how to pump up their elementary school crowds.
How can we help you?
Well, so that’s a start to our weekend and yours as well. During the week, we’re primarily going to write about the five major levels of The First Order of Business that is covered in our new book, Brand Your Own Business, and we’ll share our best tips on management, marketing, and motivation.
In addition, we take requests. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if there’s a topic you’d like us to tackle.
Thanks for your time! Enjoy your weekend!