Prayers for Peace
On or around Veteran’s Day each November, EHUMC asks its combat veterans to offer their prayers for peace. Below are some of these moving and heartfelt prayers for peace in our world.
With gratitude, we lift up the prayers of peace either written or chosen by a few of the combat veterans in our congregation.
On this page:
- Bob Mell, Lieutenant, Army Air Corps – World War II (2012)
- Harold Mauldin, 8th Air Force, 1st Division 401st BG-615th & 614th Bomb Squad – World War II (2012)
- Earl Witcher, Major, 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Division, U.S. Army – Vietnam Conflict (2012)
- James McGarrah, Rear Admiral, Civil Engineer Corps, U.S. Navy (ret) – Desert Shield/Desert Storm (2012)
- Eric Smith, Sgt. USMC 3rd Btl., 10th Marines (2012)
Robert Mell, 2012
Bob Mell, Lieutenant
Army Air Corps
World War II
I’d like to thank you this day for my longevity (89 years old and still maneuvering). Let me also thank you for the wonderful Christian parents who saw to it that I always got to Sunday School and church each week, and the rule was that if you are sick enough to stay home from Church, you are sick enough for a dose of castor oil.
We thank you so much for watching over our entire family during WWII. My brothers and I all entered different services—Marine Corps, Army Air Corps, Navy, and (later Coast Guard). I recall talking to you a great deal during those days and you were helpful and reassuring. We all were able to return unscathed. Thanks to your Love we all survived the storm.
Just 6 days after returning from my 58 missions in Europe, thanks to you, I married the girl of my dreams, Jane Kreiling, who I dated in High School. We married in Glenn Memorial Methodist Church and a few years later had two fine daughters. What a great marriage of 63 years… until Jane was called to Heaven. Thanks Lord for such a lovely marriage.
Finally, let me thank you and praise you for MUSIC. Both of my parents were musically inclined. Fortunately, thanks to you, I inherited their talent and have enjoyed singing in choirs and playing in orchestras for over 50 years.
I thank you and praise you for all you have done for me and my family for all these years.
Harold Mauldin, 2012
8th Air Force, 1st Division
401st BG-615th & 614th Bomb Squad
World War II
Our Heavenly Father,
Accept our thanks for these individuals and what they are doing. We pray to God that what we did during WWII had a long-term effect and, although we felt strongly about the Marines and otherwise, we in fact had more losses than U.S. Marines during WWII with about 350,000 people, many of who were ground crews.
We ask you our Lord to continue to bless us as we live our lives today.
Earl Witcher, 2012
Earl Witcher, Major
227th Assault Helicopter Battalion,
1st Air Cavalry Division,
Lord of the Universe, God of the World, Creator of all that was, and is, and still to be, we beseech if it be your will that all wars cease and that all engaged therein, friend and foe alike, be returned to their homes and loved ones to rest in peace eternal.
In Christ’s holy name we pray.
James McGarrah, 2012
Jim McGarrah, Rear Admiral
Civil Engineer Corps,
U.S. Navy (ret)
Desert Shield/Desert Storm
Dear Lord, your command is over all and your love never fails, we ask your blessings upon each of us as we seek to do your will. We give thanks to you for those who have served this great nation, and in so doing sought to be part of something bigger than themselves in service to you. We ask your mercies on those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. And we ask your blessings on those young men and women who, as we pray, are in harms way; give them peace and confidence, and bring them home safely. We ask your guidance for all of us, but especially for our leaders. Give them discernment, understanding and knowledge so they may follow your Divine Will to lead us on paths of peace. Guide us with the light of truth, and keep before us the life of Him by whose example and help we trust to obtain the answers to our prayers, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Eric Smith, 2012
Eric Smith, Sgt.
3rd Btl., 10th Marines
United States Marine Corps
I ask to be a loom in the service of peace.
Let voices weave through me,
whether barbed with the burrs and seeds of pain, or carefully carded and spun with light.
Let me bring forth
a tapestry, blanket,
Where there is unraveling,
let me remember to knit.
If I meet the flash and stab of fire,
let me be rebuilt from fresh wood.
In a state of green,
let me remember the cinder.
In a state of rubble, let me remember the weave.
(from Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, edited by Maxine Hong Kingston)
[kafiyah (or keffiyeh): traditional Arab headdress; tallit: Jewish prayer shawl]