Memorial Day.

AMemorial DayPrayer
By Rev. Dick Kozelka (ret)
First Congregational Church of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN.

Eternal God,
Creator of years, of centuries,
Lord of whatever is beyond time,
Maker of all species and master of all history —
How shall we speak to you
from our smallness and inconsequence?
Except that you have called us to worship you
in spirit and in truth;
You have dignified us with loves and loyalties;
You have lifted us up with your lovingkindnesses.
Therefore we are bold to come before you without groveling
[though we sometimes feel that low]
and without fear
[though we are often anxious].

We sing with spirit and pray with courage
because you have dignified us;
You have redeemed us from the aimlessness
of things’ going meaninglessly well.
God, lift the hearts of those
for whom this holiday is not just diversion,
but painful memory and continued deprivation.
Bless those whose dear ones have died
needlessly, wastefully [as it seems]
in accident or misadventure.
We remember with compassion those who have died
serving their countries
in the futility of combat.
There is none of us but must come to bereavement and separation,
when all the answers we are offered
fail the question death asks of each of us.
We believe that you will provide for us
as others have been provided with the fulfillment of
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

This poem was taken from U.S. Memorial Day.org, quite a valuable resource that I didn’t know existed. I confess, that even as an Army spouse, I can’t wrap my mind, let alone words, around the significance of Memorial Day. All my life it has simply signaled the beginning of summer, cookouts, water skiing – the good life.

I want to understand it with more clarity. I apologize for cavalier years and flippant “Happy Memorial Days.” Thanks be to God, that Memorial Days can be happy for those who know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, who call on the Lord with a sincere heart, who confess with their mouth and believe in their heart that Jesus is Lord.

Please visit this blog again on Wednesday for a suggestion as to how you can personally help share the gospel with men and women in the military.

A Few Changes

I think it’s time to implement some changes around here, so I welcome your feedback. Starting in October, and maybe just for October, let’s lighten the mood and lessen the load. I’m only going to post three days a week during October – Monday, Wednesday, Friday, with the occasional page-vomit in the middle when I just can’t keep my words to myself (:

I want to devote some extra time to researching related blogs and making some friends in the blogsphere.

So,  if you’re interested in the content you read here and would like to guest post on Predatory Lies, or have me write for your blog, please contact me. Also, I am available for hire to write for Christian blogs, blogs covering health and fitness or poetry; blogs discussing eating disorders and blogs about being a military spouse .

We will also explore some different content here. For the month of October:

Monday will be a “healthified” recipe. I call some of my personal creations “recipes for recovery” as they have encouraged me to find ways to eat and enjoy foods that used to be triggers or fear foods for me.

Wednesday will be my Weakest Moments. Here I am going to be really vulnerable. I am truly seeking the Lord right now for conviction in any hidden areas of my heart. I want to know where my thoughts or behaviors are threatening my intimate relationship with Jesus.

And Friday will be a FREEBIE! Anything I want to share. Funny or otherwise, poetic or prose. Original or content so good it must be repeated. Also, FREEBIES might mean giveaways more than once too! So make sure to leave your comments!

I hope you don’t mind the variety for one month. After that, we’ll re-evaluate if Predatory Lies should return to the original format or morph into a combination of phases one and two. Please, leave your feedback – your opinion is what matters most.