D-Day Prayer

I receive a newsletter from the Wallbuilders (web). I missed their email which was issued on “D-Day”, June 6. It pointed out a blessing and prayer offered on the occasion of the Normandy Landing. The first, from the email:

General Dwight Eisenhower… issued his military order expressing confidence in their efforts, wishing them luck, and urging them to “beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”

Second, President Franklin D. Roosevelt led the nation in a 6.5 minute prayer for the troops. Some highlights include the following:

And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.

and further:

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace — a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God.

Oh how far we have gone away from this.