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The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.     Proverbs 10:7

Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it was expanded to include those who died in any war or military action.

Abraham Lincoln at the commemoration of the Battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, declared these words honoring those who had lost their lives on the battlefield at Gettysburg:

“That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion, that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God, and that government of the people by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for the many freedoms we enjoy as a nation to worship You. We thank You for peace in our land and pray that it may be extended throughout the world, and that many may come to know You – the Prince of Peace.

We ask that you would have mercy on our brave men and women in harms way. We pray that You would reveal the truth of Your love in their hearts; that You would bring comfort and peace to their families; and that You would protect them from the wickedness of this world. We ask that you would turn the tide against the terrorist enemies of this world, whose only offering to mankind is death, destruction, and oppression. This we ask in Jesus’ name, AMEN!

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Morning has broken like the first morning.
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!
Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!

Sweet the rain’s new fall sunlit from heaven,
Like the first dewfall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning
Born of one light Eden saw play!
Praise with elation, praise every morning,
God’s re-creation of the new day!

Bunessan

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With waters finally receding, those affected by the floods in Tennessee need your prayers as they begin repairing and rebuilding their lives. Thousands have seen their homes and businesses flooded.

Groups like the Lutheran Disaster Response are assisting in flood cleanup. They have named a site coordinator and established contact information for volunteers who wish to help with flood cleanup efforts in middle Tennessee. LDR eventually hopes to establish its long-term operation for the region at Rau-Wood Retreat and Conference Center, a Nashville Lutheran camping facility that was heavily damaged by the flooding and will need cleanup before it can be utilized.

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Today, May 6, 2010 is the 59th annual “National Day of Prayer.” It is part of America’s heritage and belongs to all Americans. It provides an opportunity for citizens to pray voluntarily, according to their own faith – and it does not promote any particular religion or form of religious observance. As a non-profit organization, the National Day of Prayer Task Force has held an event at the Capitol for many years. The theme for this year is “For Such a Time As This,” based on the verse from Nahum 1:7: “The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.”

The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America, evidenced by the Continental Congress’ proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.

Please join the thousands, and thousands of people who will unite in prayer today, from coast to coast, for our nation.

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