It was a Royal Marine funeral last year that profoundly affected my ministry.
Since then I have had the privilege of meeting members of the Armed Forces Christian Union (AFCU) through work on our Mothers’ Union pilot project funding relationship counselling, and of attending this year’s Armed Forces Day of Prayer.
I saw the YouTube video below at a presentation given by the AFCU at Mothers’ Union. Produced last year, it struck me at the time how appropriate it would be to be played this Remembrance Sunday, as an alternative way of conveying the message that as well as remembering the dead, we need to pray for those who still serve.
I hope you will take 4.5 minutes to watch it. Perhaps it may move you to use it, possibly in a church or other service, and my prayer is that encourages others to do what it asks:
As the video says:
Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them, and their families,
For the selfless acts they perform for us
in this time of need.