On Veterans Day

Wren Bellavance-Grace

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is 'Thank You,' it will be enough" — Meister Eckhart

Today we have set aside time to publicly say thank you to our siblings who have served in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy and Marines; to say 'Thank You' to all who served, whatever their role, wherever their service took them.

We say 'Thank You' to those whose service was brief, and to those who made a career of their service.

We say 'Thank You' to those who remember their service with fondness, and to those whose time in service still haunts them.

We say 'Thank You' to those who returned to us largely intact, who found jobs, started families, and who continue to find ways to serve their communities.

We say 'Thank You' to veterans who returned with brokenness so deep that they continue to struggle to find a role or even a home in our communities.

God of many names, Source of all Love, in the face of all this, sometimes the only prayer we have is 'Thank You.' We pray it will be enough.