We pause today to remember what happened on 9/11/01. Etched in the minds of many of us is the sight of the planes hitting the twin towers in New York City. Some of us can recall specifically where we were and who was with us. We were shocked, frightened and grief-stricken by the lives lost, the events which took place and the way the world changed that day. We ask You to heal our memories, Great Physician.
Here we are twenty years later, still feeling repercussions from 9/11/01. The pain, sadness and fear linger in our lives, nation and world. We ask that You free us from the brokenness that remains with us as a result of that day.
We give thanks for the many acts of courage and kindness offered during the hours, weeks and months following the horrors of the 9/11 attacks. We are grateful for heroic action that saved lives . . . consoling words that soothed hearts . . . and supportive responses that reminded us of our connection with people around the globe.
We pray for the families and friends of those who died as a result of the 9/11 violence. Comfort them as they grieve the loss and celebrate the lives of their loved ones.
God of justice and mercy,
We desire to reflect your way in our relationships with family, friends, neighbors and strangers. Show us what this looks like in the complex world in which we live.
Prince of Peace,
We are committed to being your hands and feet in the world. Give us the wherewithal, insight, courage and discipline to work for peace in every aspect of life.
Yes, God, we pause today to remember what happened twenty years ago. As we do so, we ask that You continue to work in and through us, using even the most horrific parts of our past in shaping us into people who are true reflections of You.
Amen and amen.