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February 7, 2016

Seabees Recruiting Poster c. 1942

“…Lord, stand beside the men who build
And give them courage, strength and skill
O grant them peace of heart and mind
And comfort loved ones left behind
Lord, hear our prayer for all Seabees
Where e’re they be on land or sea.”

– Prayer on Memorial to the Navy Construction Battalion a/k/a Seabees, Arlington National Cemetery

Over 325,000 men during WW II served in the Seabees, as the Navy Construction Battalion (“CB”) was called.  This prayer honors their memory at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Lord’s assurances of His continuing presence and protection can be found throughout Scripture. These require little comment, but provide great comfort in the difficult times in which we live.

Here are just a few:

‘Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid…for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you’ ” (Deut. 31: 6).

“ ‘I will not leave you nor forsake you’ ” (Joshua 1: 5).

“ ‘…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age’ ” (Matt. 28: 20).

For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’ ” (Heb. 13: 5-6).

Father, we thank You for Your continuing presence, in history and in our lives.

You are far greater than any man.  Yet we find ourselves, at times, afraid of what the world can do to us.  Despite our knowledge of Your power, we fear for  our lives, for our children, and for our financial well-being.

You have not given us a spirit of fear, Father, but of power and love.  Make us worthy of those gifts.

Extend Your hand of protection to us. Help us to experience Your presence afresh each morning. Help us to trust in You on our darkest nights, though we cannot feel You by our side.

We ask these things in the Name of Your Son, Jesus Christ.



  1. This makes me think of the Seabee that died while clearing enemy ordinance for our infantry BN. Thanks for sharing.

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