A Soldier's Prayer

by Mac McGovern
(Cantonment, FL)

Lord, hear my prayer,
send your angels,
to guard well we soldiers
positioned in your service,
protect us from harm or defeat,
give us guidance and wisdom
to pursue diplomacy, instead of war,
peace, instead of hatred,
life, over death,
when I die, permit me appear first
at your gate,
allow the devil to think I am late,
and, before he realizes his mistake,
grant me entrance and assign me to serve,
life eternal, guarding your heavenly gate

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