From the windows of our offices you can see people gathered around the World Trade Center memorial and next to it the new tower almost completed. Down the street they rang the Bell of Hope at St. Paul’s Chapel this morning in remembrance of those who died.
I always like to read this piece by John Hodgman on September 11, which is a little funny and surprisingly moving, and pray:
O Almighty God, who brings good out of evil and turns even the wrath of your children towards your promised peace: Hear our prayers this day as we remember those of many nations and differing faiths whose lives were cut short by the fierce flames of anger and hatred. Hasten the time when the menace of war shall be removed. Cleanse both us and those perceived to be our enemies of all hatred and distrust. Pour out the spirit of peace on all the rulers of our world that we may be brought through strife to the lasting peace of the kingdom of your Son; Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.