"MY FELLOW PARISHIONERS" At the time of this writing, we find ourselves between the commemoration of "D-Day" (June 6) and Father's Day (June 21). In a sense, both celebrate heroes in our lives. I'm taken by the historical record of FDR's D-Day prayer for America and the free world: "My fellow Americans: In this poignant hour, I ask you to join me in prayer: Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, ￼￼￼this day have set upon a mighty endeavor: a struggle to preserve our republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a struggling humanity...￼￼￼￼ ...Prevail over the unholy forces of our enemies￼￼. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity￼￼￼￼ that will spell a sure peace - a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men￼. And a peace that will let all men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil." Of course, as soldiers of the cross of Christ, we know there could be no true lasting peace without bowing to the Prince of Peace, Jesus, who sets us free from our ultimate enemies. And there can be no true unity apart from knowing the One True God. This month, as we endure more days of social isolation, we give thanks more than ever that, because of Jesus - who has fought and won on our behalf the ultimate victory over sin, death & Satan's legions - we can therefore say (still basking in Trinity Sunday's glow): "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all." Amen.