(By request for Memorial Day)
Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony
Lance Corporal Nicholas C. Kirven, 21, of Richmond, Virginia
was killed May 8, 2005, as a result of enemy action in Alishang, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.
He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
Rest in peace, Marine
Job well done.
I’m asking You God, to give me what You have left.
Give me those things which others never ask of You.
I don’t ask You for rest, or tranquility.
Not that of the spirit, the body, or the mind.
I don’t ask You for wealth, or success, or even health.
All those things are asked of You so much Lord,
that you can’t have any left to give.
Give me instead Lord what You have left.
Give me what others don’t want.
I want uncertainty and doubt.
I want torment and battle.
And I ask that You give them to me now and forever Lord,
so I can be sure to always have them,
because I won’t always have the strength to ask again.
But give me also the courage, the energy,
and the spirit to face them.
I ask You these things Lord,
because I can’t ask them of myself