Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Day of Memories

September 11 has arrived once again.

It was a somber ride in this morning with my carpooling colleagues. We were listening to Chicago's classical radio station, which was playing music appropriate for this day; not much conversation; just a stirring of memories for me.

On that day, I wrote a prayer, which we used here for a company-wide prayer service.

Let us pray.
O God of mercy and forgiveness,
We stand before you in pain, in fear, and in grief.
We know you desire good for your people,
which is why we are stunned when we face terror of today's magnitude.
We cry out to you with the word that we share with one another:

In our fear and doubt, we still turn to you,
O God, and ask your presence.

Welcome those who were killed today
into your loving embrace.
Give them eternal peace.

Comfort the families of those who lost loved ones.
Give them strength.

Be with those who have suffered pain.
Heal them.

Guide those who care for the injured.
Be their strength.

Lead our country through this grief.
Comfort us.

Bring justice to those responsible for this terror.

And Almighty God,
we pray that you do not abandon your people
in their time of need.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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