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The Dept. of Defense own studies reflect that at over 20% of returning troops will suffer from P.T.S.D., Homelessness or poverty. Your mission is to encourage and educate veterans on what their potential entitlements may be and to apply for those benefits. You wont be alone and the wilderness is vast.
Our soldiers (any soldiers, actually), when victorious, end the lives of men, women, children. That could be my grandma lying under some rubble over there. That could be your three-
When I pray to God that our soldiers would fight well and survive to fight well again and defeat their opposition (“enemy” is rarely appropriate these days), I’m not just praying that some high school kids would go home Friday night dejected or that another group would have their egos stoked. Instead, when we pray for victory, we’re simultaneously praying that grandmothers, fathers, children, schoolteachers, doctors, and expectant mothers would be killed. Because that is the necessary price of victory. When we are praying for our soldiers’ victory against our nation’s chosen target, we are praying that uncountable masses would have their every worldly possession destroyed. When we pray for victory, we are praying for death, dismemberment, maiming, psychological trauma, homelessness, burglary, and the horrible chaos that must result. This isn't the way our prayers should be!!
I pray for peace. I pray for the safety of soldiers on both sides of a conflict (“our” soldiers and “theirs”). I pray for swift and diplomatic resolution to conflict. I pray that our soldiers would not have blood on their hands. I pray the same for their soldiers. I pray for the preservation of the lives, livelihoods, and properties of the civilians our soldiers would trample on the way to their goal. I pray that soldiers would seek forgiveness for the lives they take, either out of ignorance or out of knowledge. I pray the haunting trauma that such bloody hands incur would not destroy families at home.
God uses a spiritual form of communication that may seem baffling at first to many people. It's called prayer.
Christ's disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray. They lived in a society where ritualistic, recited prayer was common, but it was clear to them that Jesus did not pray in this way. Rather than give them prayers to recite, He gave them a model or outline to use. Clearly, He wanted them to learn how to communicate meaningfully in prayer—not simply to use His or someone else's words. The model He gave them is in both Luke 11 and Matthew 6.
The part of praying that comes naturally to most people is asking God to bless us with what we want! We should feel free to ask for what we need and even what we may want beyond our needs in accordance with God's will. Of course, we need to guard against selfishness. It's easy for prayers to become a list of "gimmes," a virtual divine shopping list.
1. Praise -
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3. Forgiveness -
4. Asking -
5. Listening -