a prayer for peace

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If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

~Mother Teresa

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September 11, 2010

Let us remember those who fell nine years ago today.

Let us honor their memory by looking within ourselves for the seeds of true and lasting change.

Let us no longer expend our energy in anger, but instead in reaching out, finding connection, building bridges across the divide.

Let us beseech our own God – however we may define Him – not to condemn, but to understand.

Let us find light and meaning in what we stand FOR, rather than deriving our purpose in the darkness of what we are against.

Let us live every day, every moment from a place of compassion and tolerance and respect for our fellow man.

Let us live what we preach from our pulpits – and what we as a nation claim to stand for.

Let us lead the way. Let us stand as a model to the world, not of insatiable greed and rampant intolerance, but of unshakable integrity and responsible freedom.

Let us think before we speak, pause before we act, and turn our attention (and our cameras) away from those who don’t.

Let us choose responsibility over sensationalism.

Let us invite those who would spew hate in the name of God – any God – to remember the most basic tenets of charity and love, mutual respect and responsibility that lie at the heart of every one of the religions that they would pervert. Let us reward them – not when they tantrum like children, longing for the spotlight – but when they take steps to break the cycle and walk a truly righteous path.

Let us remember those who spend this day on distant battlefields, fighting to ensure that we are never as vulnerable again as we were on that horrific day nine years ago. Let us thank them. Out loud. Let us support their families, whose loved ones are so heart-wrenchingly far from home.

Above all, let us remember those souls that flew straight to heaven nine years ago today. Let us keep them in our hearts and their families in our prayers. Let us live in a way that honors their legacy.

Let us find peace.

Amen.

12 thoughts on “a prayer for peace

  1. Nicley written and brings tears to my eyes. We never know when the Cat Daddy leaves for work, if he will return after his tour…we no longer assume that he will be okay and return. That innocence was taken away 9 years ago. We just never know what his tour will bring. We pray today and always for peace.
    Amen is right!

  2. remembering…questioning…hoping what we search for is actually within reach. trying to believe with you. thanks for posting (as usual)

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