REMEMBRANCE: If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise, then at least let's give him homage at the
end of his days...
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Prayer of and for Vietnam War and
Vietnam Era Veterans – You are special in God’s eyes.
is sacred space for all of
those who served in Vietnam or served elsewhere during the times of the War in
Vietnam and for the years after. Many
who served remain unhealed from both their war experience and the devastation
of their treatment upon return home. It
was a dark time in our country for so many reasons. I would hope that you take
some time to
reflect on how you feel and realize that there are some things we as
individuals are unable to fix and must, if we are to ever come close to
resolution, ask for help from God or other deity of your belief system. I know
the words are hard to come by, so I
offer this prayer to you which you may read, recite aloud, or use however it
may be of help.
I would like to offer here that
there is a legacy of the terrible treatment you endured. That legacy is that
the leaders who also
endured such unjust treatment then became those in charge when we faced our
challenges in Desert Storm of the 1990’s, and they took great effort to ensure
soldiers had the backing of the public and were not the focus of blame on the
mistakes of political leaders. The fine
treatment of the men and women of our Armed Forces today is due because of the
horrors you endured. Take solace please,
that something good came of your additional sacrifice. I pray the words below
can help each of you
move forward and relieve you of at least some of the burden you have been
carrying for so many years.
Let us pray.
Lord God, our Father and Ruler of
We humbly seek your grace and
peace. We ask your help as we are powerless on our own to forgive how we were
so mistreated, disrespected, forgotten, and even despised upon our return from
the war in Vietnam so many years ago. We
carry today the scars and burdens of so many years and turn them over to you so
you can give us rest, eternal rest, from those hateful thoughts and memories of
those terrible times. We gave so much,
just as our country required, and yet we were ridiculed, spat upon, and endured
being called terrible names as the reward for that difficult service in a
We have forever taken solace that
we risked all and gave all in the efforts to do right by those who fought with
us, to take care of them as they were caring for us. Thus is the love of one
soldier to another
that transcends all barriers of race, gender, creed, position, and other
differences making us all the same as we are in your eyes, Lord God.
We offer this prayer to you
seeking your intervention in each of our lives to release us from our own hate
of all those who we hold responsible for our mistreatment. Today Lord we realize
that in life it is much
easier to love than to hate, that hate takes a toll on us all, and becomes a
heavier and heavier burden as time goes on.
In you we have faith that your healing power can forever give us release
and empower us to again be true servants of yours, faithfully moving forward,
doing your work with a kind and loving heart.
In His name we pray. Amen.
Joseph C. Goeke, Chaplain, 14th
Field Artillery Regimental Association, 2017
The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue
him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.
Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements, and to
store his few possessions.
One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky.
He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost.
He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, "God! How could you do this to me?" Early the next day,
he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island!
It has come to rescue him! "How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers. "We saw your smoke signal,"
MORAL OF THE STORY:
It's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad or things have caused undue stress, but we shouldn't lose heart,
because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain, suffering, or stress. Remember that the next time your
little hut seems to be burning to the ground, it just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God.
Let us pray for our young soldiers that carry the banner of fredoom to foreign soils and keep our country free. The 1-14
FA has been deploying many soldiers as we were; let us first pray for them, and then support them and their families in
every way we can.
Chaplain's note: Please provide any and all requests for pray to the editor of this newsletter and/or myself. Prayer
by one is mighty; prayer by two or more makes for miracles.