Christina A. Sharik


Dear Lord
please hear this prayer.
This year, I’ll leave an empty chair
to mark the spot
where someone should have been.
My son is home
but many sons are not;
and so I thought
I’d say a prayer for them –
and for those who wait,
hoping that it’s not too late.
Lord, when you see that empty space
meant for those who haven’t come home yet –
Let them know –
I didn’t forget.

Author’s Note: While this was written for POW/MIAs, it also has meaning for us now in these troubled days.

Blessings to all
September 2001

Thanksgiving Prayer