The funeral service for Daniel Olsen took place today. I really believe that God was glorified in this service. There was something so special about Dan’s funeral. The full military honors that he received at both the funeral, and the graveside ceremony was something that was truly spectacular to behold. I’ve acquired a deeper appreciation for the brotherhood of the Marines.
Holly Collison’s rendition of The Battle Hymn of the Republic sent shivers up my spine. It was hard not to want to jump out of my chair in applause. I felt a great deal of pride for our country. The Iraq war is an unpopular war, but the men and women who are fighting in the war are heroes in my book.
Please keep Wayne, Gwen, Shelcy and Shaina Olsen in your prayers as the emotion of this day now moves to the very sober reality that life goes on. Dan’s body is in the grave. But, Dan is in heaven. Praise be to God for His unbelievable gift.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Tonight, we pray for all members of our armed forces. We pray for those families that are dealing with the pain that distance brings. We pray for wives who miss their husbands. We pray for husbands who miss their wives. We pray for children who miss their moms and dads, and for parents who miss their sons and daughters. We pray for protection for all who are in harm’s way, and pray that you would bring peace to the waring regions of the world. We pray for courage and hope for those fighting in this conflict, and for peace, hope, and joy for the families that have lost loved ones. Thank you that You are the God of love, the God of reconciliation, the God of hope, the only wise God. To You be all praise, glory and honor. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
There are some nice stories about the funeral that you can find by following these links: