By Katie Beckmann, Communications Manager
September 11th is a day that affects every person differently.
Many of us will never forget where we were when we learned of the tragic news of the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
While some of us may have lost loved ones on that day, others may even be too young to remember September 11th and have only learned about it through books, media, and ceremonies.
Regardless of how you were affected by September 11th, it is important to remember and honor those we lost in 2001 with prayer.
Even as my heart is full of sorrow,
loving God, thank you for the blessing of your comfort.
I admit, sometimes I don’t even realize
you’ve come with your gentle touch until the moment passes.
But I’m grateful for each bit of comfort you bring.
Those blessed distractions –
a hummingbird at the feeder,
my pet’s needs and affections,
and a visit or phone call from a friend –
these things give me a break from the ever-encroaching sadness.
And the reasons to keep going –
people you’ve given me to love, skills and abilities
I have to contribute to help others
and the sense of a future
(however vague it might seem right now) –
all remind me that grief is not all there is to life.
Help me not reject these kindnesses
from your hand but allow them to become a part of my healing.
-The Right Prayers for Every Need