Would you join me this morning in prayer for my friend and brother, Roberto Hernandez, Jr., and all of those who also serve in his unit, who are currently deployed in Afghanistan?
God our Father, I come to you in the name of our Shield and Protector, our Strength and Savior: Jesus Christ.
Thank You for Roberto and for all in his unit. You know all things and you know everyone in this unit better than they know themselves. Who else could we turn to, Father, but you?
You are greater than everything and everyone. And so, may every heart bow to you and serve you first and humbly in whatever role they find themselves in.
As surely as you have provided what all of these have needed every day of their life thus far, pour out on them what they need today, and in all the coming days.
Every day you call us to live courageously and humbly, boldly and compassionately, and every day You lead by example in this, holding before us the life of your Son. Thank you.
Where there is pain or wound in spirit or body, may your Son, the Great Physician, attend, ministering your complete and perfect care.
When unspeakable things happen, stir every heart to speak openly and often with you in prayer, not holding back or ceasing, for we know that you, the Great Listener, loves to pour out the help of the Comforter, your Holy Spirit, on all who truly call on you.
May trust in you grow and deepen, especially in those times when faith is hard pressed.
May hope never give out, but only grow, particularly in what appears, in human eyes, to be hopeless situations.
May much love, your great love, be shown by this unit to each other and to all they encounter.
You finish what you start, Father. And so, as certainly as you have brought Robert and his comrades this far in life, bring them all the way, all the home.