As we in the United States of America prepare for a weekend to celebrate the declaration of our country’s Independence in 1776, I share this prayer with those, like myself, who are forever indebted to those who have served our country in defense of our freedom and the freedom of others around the globe.
A Prisoners Prayer
Oh God, my creator and protector, I know though art near me, so I adore theee body and soul with complete submission to thy will.
Thou hast saved me from death, which has overtaken my companions and hast permitted me to be a prisoner. I will bear patiently and hopefully for the love of thee, all the difficulties of my state.
Bless my companions here. Grant us to live peace, comforting and consoling one another with fraternal love and charity. Bless my family who are far away, my friends, and all I love; my country and comrades in arms.
Give me peace and protect me from offending thee. My God, I thank thee for all thy blessings and I will try and serve thee as St. Paul has told us, “Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, instant in prayer.”
– from the personal diary of POW Robert W. Cohan, dated between 28 Dec 1944 and 13 May 1945.