This Memorial Day, we remember family members, friends and loved ones who have given their lives in service to our country and for the freedom we so cherish. At the heart of all of this, we long for peace. My Grandpa Ferrell penned this poem while the Vietnam War was in full swing. It echoes this tension we feel today, and the hope we have for tomorrow.
Freedom Prayer: Carl Wyatt Ferrell
In this dark hour of nation’s woe
When paths of peace men do not know,
Lord, show us now which way to go-
Protect us with Thy arm.
When Tyrants seek men to enslave
And power drunk more power crave,
Lord, help us all to be more brave
And keep us safe from harm.
Let freedom be our battle cry
And may its banner ever fly
Above the world when tyrants die
And peace we have again.
When useless wars shall cease to be,
And haunting fears no more have we,
Lord, may our land that now is free
In liberty remain.