God of ages past and hope to come,
we offer our gratitude
for those who have gone before,
we offer our hope
for those yet to come.
We pray on a somber holiday.
Let us not glorify the conflicts and violence that tear our loved ones from us.
Let us, rather, turn to you, who calls us to use our freedom peaceably.
As we honor the past,
help us dream of a future
of love and peace. Amen.