Holy God, we acknowledge before you the human-long history of war. We do not yet have the wisdom, love, and insight to find another way to freedom and access to the world’s resources. As it is so, we pray for those who have volunteered or been conscripted into the armed forces of our nation, especially those who were called to combat. We are grateful for their efforts. Attend to them as they bear not only the memories of comradeship and heroism but the weight of violence and separation. May their sacrifices be honored with our efforts for peace in our nation and in the world.