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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

We remember (a prayer for 9/11)

I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
Lamentations 3:10-22(NIV)

11 years have passed since the morning our world changed forever. We well remember them, citizens, colleagues, friends, fallen sisters and brothers, children of God. Today as I ran, I remembered. As we New Yorkers say, as the world says, “We Will Never Forget.”

Only God protected my beloved husband and my Gayle. She was at the Pentagon, on that side, the day before. He would have been walking through the World Trade Center  between 8 and 9 am had I not begged him to play hooky (and had he not agreed) the evening before. God was always in the plan. Those I loved dearly were kept safe.

I am reprinting here a Prayer for September 11

beloved Savior,
in remembering
these terrible events,
we recognize our great need
for Your guidance and protection.
We have painfully learned
that our country is vulnerable
and that violence can disrupt
both individuals and nations.
We pray then for healing
for all the people whose lives
were shattered in the attacks.
We pray for those
who defend our freedom.
We pray for wisdom
for our national leaders.
We pray for peace,
for our country and our world.
Jesus, beloved Savior,
as we remember,
hold us in Your loving hands.

Remember to tell those whom you love that you love them. Remember to measure twice and cut once, because you may not get another chance. Remember that no matter where you are, how big your problems are, that God is bigger. And never forget, never forget, that in the midst of the deepest pain and the greatest hurt, you are never alone, and that God is good.

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