A Prayer for September 11th

A prayer for the day…

Holy God, today we seek to remember your faithfulness in the midst of our memory of deep loss.  Each year we are transported back to that day in 2001, a day when lives were lost and a day when lives were changed forever. 

We pray once again for your blessings to be upon all who lost their lives and pray that your eternal peace surrounds them. 

We pray for those who lost loved ones and ask for your comfort and love be with them today and every day.  Those lost were mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, friends and colleagues. Their loss still leaves a hole that is filled with memories.  Keep those precious memories alive and filled with eternal hope. 

We pray especially for the children of September 11th who lost mothers and fathers.

We pray for those who struggle daily with health concerns as a result of this tragedy.  For some the scars of this attack are visible yet for many they are invisible.  Grant that your healing Spirit would be present and alleviate the physical and mental suffering which effects survivors and our nation.

We pray for our nation and it’s leaders.  May our nation continue to seek to be a blessing in the world.  You and you alone are able to guide our leaders as to what is good, right and just. 

We pray for those who serve our country around the world.  Lord, protect and guide our military and diplomatic representatives throughout the world. 

We pray for our enemies.    This perhaps is the hardest call we have from Jesus, “But I tell you: Love your enemiesi and pray for those who persecute you,” Matthew 5:44   Establish in our hearts a desire to build peace and understanding in the world. 

We pray for peace.  Sometimes the idea of world peace is more a joke about beauty pageants than our sincere hope.  Today, we ask you to establish in us a keen desire to be peacemakers.  May our lives reflect the hope and promise of the hymn we sing,

“Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me;
Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.”

Amen

 

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