Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Maybe it's the high 90-degree temperatures in Atlanta, maybe it's the fact that I am neck-deep in biographies and research for my upcoming book, "The Essential American: Documents & Speeches Every American Should Read," (Regnery, 2010), but I am hot and have had enough of the noise that too often passes for news.

Chelsea Clinton's wedding. I hope she and her husband have a wonderful life together, but do we really need to know what she wore, who attended or what they ate or drank at the event?

Bristol Palin's off-and-on-again engagement with Levi Johnston. She needs the continued love and support of family and friends, not media scrutiny.

Lindsay Lohan's incarceration. She should be left alone to figure out her life.

So what might I consider newsworthy?

How about Tuesday's sendoff ceremony for the Iowa National Guard's 2nd Brigade Combat Team? They're going to train at Camp Shelby in Mississippi and will then be deployed to Afghanistan. Men and women who are leaving their homes and families to serve their country -- now that is newsworthy.

In an attempt to provide coverage they deserve, I am including the prayer offered at the ceremony by the Rev. Vicki Reece of United Methodist Church in Jesup, Iowa. Craig Gingrich, (no known relation), forwarded this prayer to me via email. Reece officiated at the wedding of Craig's son Garrett, commander of Charlie Company.

"A Soldier's prayer based on Psalm 91 for All Our Soldiers, as Iron Man Battalion, 1-133, Charlie Company is sent to Afghanistan,

"I love you, God, and I humbly give you my body, mind, and spirit as a living sacrifice as I do my best to help others be freed from all tyranny, violence, hatred and fear. I need your peaceful presence and focus on your word 'Be Still and Know that I AM God.' (Repeat until you feel that peace.) Make your presence known as I pray. Release your Love, Light and Life as I claim your promise that 'He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.' For it is you alone who is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in you alone do I trust.

"Save me from traps of the enemy and from deadly chemicals and diseases. God cover me with your wings, be my protection and refuge. Shield me with your faithfulness.

"Fill my mind with peace that I will not fear the terror of night, nor the weapons that fly by day. Protect me day and night from all death, disease and destruction.

"In the midst of battle, others may fall, but let no harm come to me or those around me. Let no harm come to the innocent at home or abroad.


Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.