Today marks the 13th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people that day, and those who rushed to help in the rescue and clean-up efforts continue to die of illnesses attributed to toxic conditions at the World Trade Center.
It was a day filled with hate and horror, but also love and hope; the years since have brought more of each.
Every year, we as Americans share our memories and grief and encourage each other to preserve our resolve never to forget.
Every year, Alan Jackson’s song makes me cry.
As we remember our nation’s tragedy and the lives lost, let us also remember to pray.
Let us pray for the families and friends who grieve loved ones who died that day and in the wars that have followed.
Let us pray for those who continue to risk their lives to keep others safe. Let us pray for healing for those who risked their health and wholeness to help others.
Let us pray for our leaders to discern the right answer to each challenge and problem and to have the courage and support to follow it.
Let us pray for changed hearts within those who would harm us and others, and pray for the safety of those among them informing us of their plans.
Let us pray for a world of peace, love, and justice.