God will bless our United States Navy Fighter Pilots, our Heroes, our Good and Faithful Servants
Matthew 25:21 “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”
In Your Name Christ and Lord Jesus we pray, Amen
When this life I’m in is done, and at the gates I stand, my hope is that I answer all His questions on command.
I doubt He’ll ask me of my fame, or all the things I knew, instead he’ll ask of rainbows sent, on the rainy days I flew.
The hours logged, the status reached, the ratings will not matter. He’ll ask me if I saw the rays and how He made them scatter.
Or what about the droplets clear, I spread across your screen? And did you see the twinkling eyes of the youngest pilots gleam?
The way your heart jumped in your chest, that special solo day – did you take time to thank the ones who fell along the way?
Remember how the runway lights looked one night long ago, when you were lost and found your way, and how you still don’t know?
How fast, how far, how much, how high? He’ll ask me not these things. But did I take the time to watch the moonbeams wash my wings?
And did you see the patchwork fields and mountains I did mold; the mirrored lakes and velvet hills of these did I behold?
The wind he flung along my wings, on final I almost stalled. And did I know, it was His name, that I so fearfully called?
And when the goals are reached at last, when all the flying’s done, I’ll answer Him with no regret – Indeed, I had great fun.
So when these things are asked of me, and I can reach no higher, I pray this day as His hand extends, to welcome home a Flyer.
— Patrick J. Phillips
Although our hearts are broken, we pray with Hope, faith, passion, and love:
Father, we do not always understand Your way, but have faith Your plan is always for good and we know You will welcome Matthew and Nathan home with open arms.
We pray with complete faith in Your Word:
Ephesians 1:9-11 “God has now revealed to us His mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill His own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ — everything in Heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything workout according to his plan.”
1 Corinthians 15:51-57: “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye….we shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed…and this mortal shall have put on immortality… thanks be to God, which giveth us this victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We pray together in faith that Your blessing of redemption and victory is a blessing You graciously provide for all of us!
In Your Name God our Father, Christ and Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit we pray, Amen