Our Marine friend and fellow saint-soldier Major Brian Hormberg celebrated his retirement from the military this weekend. It was a great time of fellowship and focus. Times like these draw our attention to the significance of the dedication of our armed forces and to the great need we have of them. In a longstanding time of homeland peace and insta-baked socialistic news media it is easy to take them for granted.
It was a sobering time to think about their family’s sacrifice during times of high anxiety and long tours of duty. It was a perfect time to reflect upon the many soldier and militaristic analogies of the Scriptures from the well-known armor of God in Ephesians chapter six to the thirty thousand fallen Israeli foot soldiers found dead at the hands of the Philistines.
Below you’ll find my invocation from the ceremony. I pray it will be edifying as it was for me to write it.
We thank Brian for his service to our country and we thank God for bringing both he and Angela into our fellowship. Semper fidelis.
Gracious, heavenly and eternal Father in heaven,
God of all Creation and author of our salvation in Christ,
It is with grateful and humble hearts that we come before
You today to recognize and celebrate our friend Brian’s
retirement from twenty years of military service.
We are thankful Lord, for your sustaining grace and for
Your providential protection in his life and for the recent
gift to him of his new bride, Angela.
We thank you for Brian’s dedication to serving our nation
in discipline and sacrifice and in honor and duty, and
we especially thank you Father, for his calling into
the Body of Christ.
We pray that you would bless him as he moves into this
new stage of life. And as he moves through new territory,
we ask that you would grant to him Lord, the wisdom,
courage, strength, and love that he will need as
a faithful soldier in the eternal ranks of the Beloved.
May he proceed through the days you have numbered for
him with vigor and decisiveness for the cross of Christ as
you carry him on through the rigors and the joys of
this temporary stay.
Fixate his eyes upon heaven Father.
Blessed be your Holy name forever. Amen.