The Invocation Kris wrote and delivered at the "Salute To Our Armed Services" ball at the Inauguration
In service to and respect for, President and Mrs. Trump and
Vice President and Mrs. Pence. Let us pray.
Our Father in Heaven, look down upon this most significant occasion, look upon this assembled brotherhood, and lay your divine Blessing upon each and every soul, without consideration of rank, office or privilege. And our Father, supreme over all, Patron of order, Fountain of justice and Protector in all ages of the world of virtuous liberty, continue Your blessing upon this Nation.
We ask you, Father, to include those absent in death from this gathering, those who freely answered your call as we read in Isaiah 6:8, “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then said I, ‘Here I am. Send me.’” In that most holy assembly, I include my son, a fallen Army Ranger. I include every soul for whom a Gold Star is worn and for whom tears are daily shed. I include those fallen heroes who responded first and gave the last full measure of themselves, those fearless men and women who run into the storm of tribulation, not from it. Into Your Peace we commend them, one and all.
Almighty God, bestow Your blessing upon those we honor who are with us still but have sacrificed a portion of themselves by injury or wound. Heal the heart first, and then comfort the body.
Father God, we hold up for Your Blessing, Grace, Forgiveness and Guidance our Commander in Chief, his family and protectors, the Vice President and his family and protectors, that this great Nation may prosper in Your glory, remain at Peace through Your strength, and be ever vigilant in Your righteousness.
And finally from the depths of our hearts Father, watch over every man and woman in uniform who hold the line between peace and chaos, bless every First Responder, every Police Officer, every Fire Fighter, every Sargent upon whom the Army rolls, every Gunney in the heart of every Marine, every Seaman standing watch and every Chief in charge for the Coast Guard and the Navy, and every Airman and pilot who touch the face of God.
We ask these things, In Christ Jesus name, And everyone says, AMEN.