Even though we still have a large number of troops in Afghanistan, we don't hear much about it these days. Almost every day we do find, usually near the back of the paper, a small story indicating that our soldiers are still dying, sometimes at the hands of those we are there to defend. So I would ask each of you to join with me in this prayer, or create your own, for our brave soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines still involved in this bloody conflict. As an ex-combat officer, I know how difficult it is to keep your morale up when you don't know what is known back home.
Dear Lord: Be with each of our brave service members currently serving in Afghanistan. Keep them safe and secure knowing that Thy Divine Presence is ever by their side. Love them, protect them, and also keep them strong in their faith in God and their knowledge that their loved ones eagerly await their return.
Also, Father, care for the souls of those departed in battle and be with their families as they struggle to overcome their grief.
And finally, Lord, help those who are suffering with injuries and pain to fully recover and return to as normal a lifestyle as is possible, for sometimes these are the most forgotten souls of all. Let us never forget them. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen
God bless them each and every one. America loves you, and so does God.