Honoring Heroes

Honoring Heroes
Conquering heroes,

from then until now,

waked into harms throes,

never asking how.

Fighting for freedom,

defending the weak;

protecting kingdoms,

no glory to seek.

May we remember,

and honor the ones,

parted so tender,

left daughters and sons.

For brave mighty souls,

who too young have died,

laid rest in a hole,

while survivors have cried.

We will not forget,

the brave folks who’ve served;

may we not regret,

grant honor deserved.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the many men and women who have faithfully fought, and are still fighting, to defend the freedoms that we are so fond of.  Please be with the families of those who have fallen, and lead us and guide us as to how we might help and lift them up in prayer.  Protect our forces that are serving still, and may we remember and honor well, those who have fallen in the fight.  Forgive us for not giving honor where it is due, or for being passive or apathetic when we ought to at least actively cover our countrymen and women in prayer.  Teach us how You would have us pray and extend practical help to those who are left behind, and to those who return injured or broken from the fight, so that they might not face all that lies before them alone.  May our loving acts of obedience lead many unto You, in who we have access to become more than conquerors, by Your great love.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

Strength in the Struggle

image by Philosophers Stone

image by Philosophers Stone

The battle continues.

The war is raging on.

Invisible struggle,

fight between right and wrong.

We have a Defender,

ever ready to fight;

our Strength in the battle;

He who makes all things right.

To survive the attacks,

we must call on His Name,

trust in His strength alone,

know He’s true to His claim.

Pray for His strengthening,

know the truth of His word;

spend time with truth-speakers,

so faithfulness is heard.

Do as He is asking,

allow the Lord to lead;

persevere with great faith;

He’ll provide all we need.

(Responding to 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your unending faithfulness.  Thank You that You are always willing to provide what is needed to navigate the narrow road.  Forgive us for our fears and for forgetting the forces that are fighting against us that we cannot see.  Teach us how to pray and equip ourselves to fight the good fight, so that we may stand strong in You, regardless of what comes our way.  Thank You that You are our strength when our own strength is gone, and that it is in that very space of seeming weakness, that You are able to use us the most.  Help us to be open and available to You in all things and at all times.  May our willingness to listen and obey, allow Your love and light to shine brightly before all who need to know You.  May many come to call You Lord and King as a result.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present