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booksbenji
12-08-06, 05:01 PM
in the holiday season:

Marine's Prayer:

Contact with The Deity is serious business. It is also an excellent idea for Warriors who are expected to put their lives on the line against an assortment of foes. For U.S. Marines of any faith who may desire guidance when contacting their Maker, the Marine Corps has a ready aid, The Marine's Prayer:



Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, make me aware of Thy presence and obedient to Thy will. Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones, and Thee without shame or fear. Protect my family.

Give me the will to do the work of a Marine and to accept my share of responsibilities with vigor and enthusiasm. Grant me the courage to be proficient in my daily performance. Keep me loyal and faithful to my superiors and to the duties my Country and the Marine Corps have entrusted to me. Help me to wear my uniform with dignity, and let it remind me daily of the traditions which I must uphold.

If I am inclined to doubt, steady my faith; if I am tempted, make me strong to resist; if I should miss the mark, give me courage to try again.

Guide me with the light of truth and grant me wisdom by which I may understand the answer to my prayer.


A Marines' wife prayer:

A Wife's Prayer for her Marine
Courtesy of Leatherneck Magazine

Dear Heavenly Father,

Now the evening shadows gather, the lonely night is here.
This day which has been so empty is almost gone.
Oh Dear God, be with my husband who is so far from home.
Help him when the thoughts of his loved ones bring the awful
heartache on.

Lord, let him know that with Your ever-lasting love, You are
right beside him With Your loving mercy from above.
Help him with his heartache, with the closeness of a friend,
a smile of understanding.

It will lift the burden from his heart.

Let him also be a blessing to one who needs him.
Let him feel the prayers of his loved ones whose thoughts are
always with him.

And, Dear God, when the tide has turned against him,
His whole world seems upside down,
Let him see things more clearly.

Show him how to love Thee more dearly.
Let his faith in Thee stay unbroken.

Inspire him with new courage every day so that he will soon be
with us. Make him strong to run the race.

Amen


This for the girlfriends of our servicepersonal:


A MARINE'S GIRL
Everyone hears of the Marine Wife,
Her trials, sacrifices, and devoted life.
She is strong, she is brave, and she is loving indeed,
Standing by her man in his time of need.


But what of others in a similar situation,
Who have made being a Marine girlfriend their main occupation?
They suffer many of the same trials and many of the same fears
Without the security of future years.


Will there be peace or will there be war?
You try to be hopeful but it's hard to ignore.
The world seems to be falling apart
When to a Marine you have given your heart.


Your love runs too deep to escape from it now.
You hope to be together somewhere, somehow,
When his duty is over and your life can begin.
You wonder if it will happen but don't question when.


The many heartbreaks and times you did weep
When he made promises the Marines couldn't keep.
But you have learned so much together and come so far.
Others warned you not to fall in love but you already are.


His job is ever-changing and takes him far away.
You think of him always and pray every day--
For his safety, his courage, and his love for you
That he may remain steadfast, loyal, and true.


Nothing is sure and nothing is set in stone...
Except that he will leave again and you will be alone,
Holding tightly to your dreams of a future together
When you will at last be able to say the word "forever."


Tears have become anything but a stanger.
They fall freely in sadness, loneliness, and anger.
But he will never know because you will never tell.
You've learned to hide your misery only too well.


A few years? That doesn't sound like so long.
The letters and phone calls keep your love going strong,
Even when they are few and far between,
In them, his love for you can clearly be seen.


So keep your chin up and a smile on your face.
He is protecting your freedom and keeping you safe.
His heart is strong and his love is true
And don't ever forget that he is missing you too


I offer my own:

Heavenly Father:

I ask in your name to watch oe'r our sons, daughters, husbands, wives, our friends and others as they enter into your Holy Season.

I ask that you give the families of our Armed Forces to be strong and give strenght to others that have lose their own in the fight. I ask that the Holy Spirit give the these folks a sense of comfort and grace for their loss, especially during the birthday of Your Son.

I ask that the CIC and his counselers be given the strenght to end this fight to a quick and fair end for all. I ask that You also grant the people of Iraq that have suffered lots of loss in these 3 yrs+ the same comfort and grace and You did the families of our serviceperonal.

In Your name, AMEN

books


Pls add your own :thumbup:

booksbenji
12-11-06, 05:55 PM
Christmas ov'r there: http://patriotfiles.org/MilitaryChristmas.htm

have sound up :thumbup: