Prayer For Sailors


O God, your fondest feelings must be reserved for the least
pretentious and most genuine of us. Sailors must be your favorites. Some
of us haven't found the virtues of humility, soft spoken or gentleness.
Some of us tend to lead with our jaw and seem more ready to fight than
switch. After long days at sea, you can tell your sailors by their red
eyes and grubbiness, but their wills match their strong backs, and their
respect and concern for each other is a wondrous thing. They are the salt
of the deck--and their saltiness is honest and open. We are grateful for
them as you love them especially, bless each one on _____________, we ask
this in your name. Amen.