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  • Writer's pictureDr. Allan Purtill

A Message for Memorial Day 2020

As we enjoy getting out a bit more, and stealing some sunshine between storms, may we all take a moment and remember the men and women who have gave their lives in service to our country. We especially remember their families who still grieve their loss.

I'll be talking about a Medal of Honor recipient named Luther Story in this week's Midweek Moment. In the meantime, may we all pause and reflect upon the liberty that God has given, the cost of maintaining it, and the complexities we all face as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven and of the earth.

We all look forward to the time when swords will be beaten into plowshares, and when

"We Ain't Gonna Study War No More." We also are mindful of those who defend us today. My father was a Korean War Combat Veteran, and when he returned home he wanted to leave it all behind. He couldn't, and neither do the families who have given so much.

We remember you. We remember them. God bless and keep you.

Grace and Peace,


"Lord God, we remember those who have given their lives as they served our nation. We thank you for their bravery and sacrifice and pray that as a nation we would honor them by seeking truth, mercy, freedom and justice. We pray also for veterans now tempted to end their own lives as they cope with the troubles within. Protect them, O God, and enable your people to extend your loving arms of care and strength, that peace may come. Encourage

and sustain our chaplains as they herald your grace and embody your love. Amen."

-From the Presbyterian Mission Agency

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