A G.I. Family’s Prayer

All gave some, some gave all!

Many years ago when our troops pushed into Afghanistan (for the first time) I was at our family’s beach house. Like millions of Americans, I needed some sort of solace and I turned on the television to find something .

I turned the channel and stopped on a program that I probably would have by-passed had I not been in need of some sort of spiritual guidance. I stopped when I came to Dr. Robert Schuller who was hosting a special program with the recent announcement that our troops were going to war in the Middle East. During the program, which is one I customarily had not watched but did that day, he recited a beautiful prayer that he had written. I was so taken by the beautiful thoughts that I sent him a letter and asked if he could send me the poem and if it would be alright if I printed it in what was then my Running Springs-based newspaper. He was happy to send the poem to me, so ,as we are still entrenched in a war in the Middle East, I wanted to send this poem along to so many of you who have loved ones in other countries at war, far, far away.


Hear, Lord, my prayer for my G.I.

So eager to live….too young to die.

Beneath an alien blistering sun

They face a dangerous enemy gun.

The storm clouds gather; the horror of war,

My soldier stands bravely guarding the door.

Defending justice, peace and freedom,

Of their commander-in-chief give Holy wisdom.

From war’s alarms, bring swift release,

Hasten the day of honorable peace.

On land and sand and sea and air,

I back my soldier with this prayer.

No matter how far he or she is forced to roam,

Just bring, I pray, my G.I. home.



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