O God, it was fifteen years ago today that two planes dive-bombed the World Trade Center to take the twin towers down. It was fifteen years ago that another plane crashed into the Pentagon and yet another was diverted by passengers before it could reach its target. It was fifteen years ago that You opened Your arms to welcome the 2,996 who died. O God, keep on comforting those whose families were torn apart, whose souls were seared by the experience. Help them all to know and feel the strength of Your presence and the healing power of Your love. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.
O God, terrorist attacks are ghastly. They can happen when and where we least expect, not just on commuter flights, but in grocery stores or restaurants, in libraries or schools. O God, keep on insisting that hating “the Other” is no solution. Show us how to contradict terror by treating every human being as Your beloved son or daughter. Teach us what it means to love, not only neighbors but enemies as ourselves. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.
O God, foreign wars and terror attacks are not the only roads to violent death. How many people have been killed this year in altercations on American city streets? How many spirits have been broken by injustice in our court system? How many souls have been murdered by the appalling conditions in our jails? O God, shock us out of the complacency that lets this happen. Help us to trust each other enough to work together to set things right. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.