of Peace please look down with favor
on the heroic men and women who have made
the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives
in defense of freedom across the world.
their deaths in service to their fellow
men and women wash every blemish
from their souls, and may they have
resplendent glory and joy in Your Kingdom
of Eternal Light.
they, and their valor, never be forgotten.
us, Lord, to find the way to an era
of enduring peace
in which all peoples
around the earth will
in productive happy harmony.
troops be called home
foreign posts, their weapons sheaved.
Inspire leaders to treat their citizens
with justice and equity.
Guide citizens to lead lives of amity
accord and honor.
guns be silenced and sabers rust,
bombs be defused, cannon melted,
and drones parked.
May all humanity be attentive at last
to Your message of love.
find the way to lasting, blessed, glorious,
this I pray in earnest to You,
are not forgotten....
2011 Donn B. Murphy
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