Nearly 3,000 men, women and children died in the attacks of September 11, 2001, including hundreds of rescue workers rushing to save civilians. Their names are inscribed in bronze on parapet walls surrounding the twin Memorial pools. This tragedy will always be a reminder of the frailty of human life and of the constant need for all to find ways of understanding each other and living together peacefully. Furthermore, it will always be a sign that despite the worst kind of evil, the kindness of the human spirit always perseveres.
Jesus calls us to be open to the needs of others. God’s healing touch begins with Jesus’ presence and continues through the outpouring of support from our families, friends, neighbors and our communities. We choose to never forget the sacrifices, the expression of compassion and the unity of one nation because it’s the way we are.
Prayer in Honor of September 11, 2001
God, no one understands why so many died on 9/11. Though they are gone, let their memory live on every time an American flag flies, every time someone pauses at the 9/11 site, every time others gather together in prayer or silence.
You know, O God, that wounds take time to heal. Calm the stinging rage, the emptiness and the tears of those missing loved ones this day. Comfort all the broken-hearted and bind up their wounds. Walk with them and remind them they are never alone and their loved ones never forgotten.
Bless all who mourn and hold them close in Your loving arms, now and always.