9/11 - how we remember

Once again, today, we are reminded that September 11 is no longer just the 11th day of the 9th month - memories stir, emotions rise, and we are once again confronted by the terrible and tragic events of 11 years ago.

How we approach our remembering, however, is crucial. How we remember reveals our true character and loyalty in a world mired by senseless suffering and war. In our remembering, do we perpetuate violence, feeling justified in our grief as we seek out justice? Or as we face the violence, no less grief-filled, do we engage in acts of love, thus reflecting and returning justice to where it belongs?

Justice in the hands of the Prince of Peace.

May we remember well...

Whoever of you loves life
   and desires to see many good days,
keep your tongue from evil
   and your lips from telling lies.
Turn from evil and do good;
   seek peace and pursue it.

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
   and his ears are attentive to their cry;
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
   to blot out their name from the earth.
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
   he delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
   and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

The righteous person may have many troubles,
   but the Lord delivers him from them all;
he protects all his bones,
   not one of them will be broken.
Evil will slay the wicked;
   the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
The Lord will rescue his servants;
   no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.
Ps. 34:12-22


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