Fifteen Years. Fifteen years ago, everything changed. Today, we remember and pray for those whose lives were forever changed that day. We pray for this broken, broken world and we simply, humbly ask, Jesus be near.
Recently I heard that if you read or listen to something new, then the next piece that you should read or listen to should be something old. It’s in the old that we find ourselves, where we’ve been and where we may be going. Today as we reflect on the events of September 11, 2001, may we pause to pray for those who lost their lives that day and in the days beyond protecting our freedom, and those they left behind. We pray too for those whom life changed that day. For those first responders who still today feel the effects of those acts of bravery. We pray God’s mercy and grace be ever theirs.
Thoughts today reflect the words of wise men of old.
The nonviolent approach does not immediately change the heart of the oppressor. It first does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it. It gives them new self-respect; it calls up resources of strength and courage that they did not know they had. Finally it reaches the opponent and so stirs his conscience that reconciliation becomes a reality.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
And one that pierces the heart.
Today, Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light, and
Where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Francis of Assisi
The most ancient piece of all, Herodotus. Written so long ago as the poignant truth of our day.
In peace sons bury fathers, but war violates the order of nature, and fathers bury sons.
May we NEVER forget the sacrifices made that day.
May the peace of God, the peace that transcends all understanding, fill the hearts of those who today, grieve on.
The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.