A Special Blessing

U N I T E D  S T A T E S  M A R I N E



Almighty God, Creator of all things, Giver and Sustainer of all life, we lift up our prayer to you.  Touch our lives.  Make us aware of our presence.  May your will be done in us and through us.

We are grateful that we live in a country that treasures life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for every citizen.   We thank you for the men and women who have volunteered to protect those rights.  And, we thank you for the young man who has brought us all together on this most special occasion.

We would ask that you watch over Jordan as he begins a new adventure in life.  Grant him continued good health and strength of body and mind, with a good balance in his love for his family and for his country.  Grant him the peace that comes from knowing that he is in exactly the place you want him to be.

And now Almighty God, we ask that you bless the food we are about to eat, bless our time together, and as this event comes to a close, give us safety in our travels as we return to our homes.

In all things, not our will but yours be done for it is in Christ that we ask these things.


This prayer was written by John Lyles, Jordan’s Grandfather. He read it for Jordan at his United States Marines Graduation Celebration dinner.