Do you remember going to the cemetery with you parents as they placed flowers on their loved-ones burial site or placing floral expressions on your loved ones grave? I remember going with my mom to visit her parents’ grave and now I’m visiting my parent’s grave site.
There is another family that I count among my loved ones and that is my military family. This year, as in years gone by and for years to come, I celebrate, honor, and remember our fallen service members through the four verses of text I penned during my service in the Desert Shield/Desert Storm/Gulf War conflict 8/8/1990 – 3/26/1991. Please share and sing it to the traditional tune of “The Church’s One Foundation” in memory of fallen service members and in honor of those who serve in active service, as reservist, and retired veterans. The invitation of this privilege came from one of my seminary professors, Dr. Delores Carpenter and can be found in the African American Heritage Hymnal of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), page 337.
THE CHURCH’S ONE FOUNDATION, IS CHRIST, GOD’S OWN TRUE CHILD,
IN WHOM THE WHOLE CREATION IS FREED AND RECONCILED
TO BRING THE CHURCH TOGETHER, CHRIST LIVED AND FREELY DIED;
RAISED UP BY GOD, FOREVER, CHRIST LIVES TO BE OUR GUIDE.
THE WORLD AND ALL THE NATIONS, CREATED TO BE ONE
CAN LIVE IN SWEET COMMUNION WITH GOD AND GOD’S OWN SON
WHEN WE WHO SAY WE LOVE HIM, BEGIN TO LIVE AND BE
A PEOPLE WITH GREAT FREEDOM TO GAIN THROUGH HARMONY.
WHERE ARE THE GIFTS WE’RE SEEKING, IF NOT IN OUR OWN HEARTS
TO SHARE, TO OFFER OTHERS SO THEY MAY KNOW THEIR PARTS
IN WORKING AS THE CHOSEN, WHOSE HERITAGE AND HOPES
IS IN THE GREAT CREATOR, OUR CHRIST, OUR LORD WHO KNOWS.
LET’S OFFER ALL OUR TALENTS AND WANTS FOR SETTING FREE
THE HOMELESS AND THE HUNGRY, THE HURTING YOU AND ME
REMEMBERING TOMORROW, THE SON WILL RISE AND SHINE
TO GIVE US LIGHT AND HELPERS TO SERVE WHILE THERE IS TIME.
Please pray for American and Coalition soul’s killed-in-action,
their families and, especially their children.