for Memorial Day

Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

Romans 13

Today we remember those who laid down their lives in service to our nation. We honor their sacrifice. And we pray for those who continue to serve, as well as for all who put their lives at risk for the protection of others. And for the nations of the world: for peace, especially in those places where conflict continues and evil is very near. And we look forward to the coming of the Prince of Peace.

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a Memorial Day prayer

Today we honor those who have served and serve in the military. And we remember those who have laid down their lives in doing so.

Prince of Peace, grant your peace to us and let us be people of peace. We thank you for those who put their own lives at risk to maintain civil order and peace. And especially for those who have lost their lives in doing so. Bless those who are serving and the memory of those who have served. And may the kingdom of your Father come by the peace you made through your blood shed on the cross. Amen.

deeply sorry

Maalie - Jim Fowler

We are sorry and sorrowing, as we remember with thanksgiving, a life and person who was taken away from us, all too soon. Jim Fowler-scientist, naturalist, birder and bird lover-extraordinaire. Jim lived life exuberantly, and had many good friends. Although I never met him, I was privileged and honored to be an online friend. Over the many months into years, which I knew him in this way, I admired his keen intellect, and few if any of us would be able to keep his pace in traveling and birding. He continued to do scientific work in the tracking of birds. I often told him that he ought to do a documentary for the BBC. It would have been excellent.

I am privileged to count some of his family as friends, also. He will be sorely missed, but I’m sure many good memories will linger. And the imprint of his life will remain.