Prayer for 9/11

September 11, 2011

The following was this morning’s pastoral prayer:

Almighty God, our rock, our stronghold, our ever-present help in times of trouble, we give you our thanks and praise for this awesome gift of life, which you hold securely in your hands. We praise you for the gift of eternal life that you make available through the saving work of your Son Jesus.

On this day in which we remember and honor the victims of September 11, 2001, we are painfully aware of how fragile this gift of life is. This day reminds us that life is not something to take for granted—that we could lose it at any moment. Help us to live in such a way that we are prepared to die. Help us always and everywhere to bear witness to the light of your love and truth, a light which darkness can never extinguish. We trust you that no act of evil escapes your sight, that vengeance is yours to repay, and that you alone ensure that justice is fully and finally done.

As unspeakably evil as the events of that day were, we are grateful to you that 9/11 ultimately affirmed the goodness of this life through the heroism and courage of selfless first-responders, firefighters, and police; through the compassion of people who volunteered their service to help heal our wounded nation; through the faithful people who prayed and worked through your Spirit for peace with justice in this world and who bore witness to the better way of living that you have shown us.

Enable all of us to become part of your loving and saving mission in this world, until swords are finally beaten into ploughshares and spears into pruning hooks, and we shall study war no more. Through the Prince of Peace we pray. Amen.

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