Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Time of Remembrance

It is evident September 11th will again be a time of remembrance for our nation. This will be especially so as we observe the 10th anniversary of the tragic bombings of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines flight #93. It will be a time to honor those who perished on that day, those who responded to the disasters and their families. Sadly, it will also be a day that revives old fears, anger, desires for revenge and a sense of vulnerability that has endured for the last decade. As long as these emotions persist, the perpetrators of thes egregious crimes will have “won.” Our fear, anger, desire for revenge and feelings of vulnerability have not served our country well in the past ten years. Many unpleasant changes have come about because of them. Our economy has suffered because of them. Our daily life has been much affected as a result of them. Our collective “psyche” has been damaged. Some folks question that civil rights have been tampered with. Let our remembering be of the sort that does not give power or energy to this quartet that robs us of our heritage of seeking peace and just ice nor besmirches our future as a people. Let us pray for peace and wisdom and forgiveness while still acknowledging the tremendous loss that has touched each one of us. I hope you will be present as we worship this Sunday, September 11th in a special service commemorating this day that changed our world.


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