Why did this blog begin on this day one year ago? I don’t remember. The post didn’t relate to a memorial of 9/11, and I believe the date is pure coincidence. Or divine intervention. I’m proud to claim the date as an anniversary, no matter how I got here, and I’m honored to work with the rest of the Beasts on this continuing project.
O God of love, compassion, and healing,
look on us, people of many different faiths
who gather today at this site,
the scene of incredible violence and pain.
We ask you in your goodness
to give eternal light and peace
to all who died here —
the heroic first-responders:
our fire fighters, police officers,
emergency service workers, and
Port Authority personnel,
along with all the innocent men and women
who were victims of this tragedy
simply because their work or service
brought them here on September 11, 2001.
We ask you, in your compassion
to bring healing to those
who, because of their presence here that day,
suffer from injuries and illness.
Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families
and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
Give them strength to continue their lives
with courage and hope.
We are mindful as well
of those who suffered death, injury, and loss
on the same day at the Pentagon and in
Shanksville, phentermine without prescription Pennsylvania.
Our hearts are one with theirs
as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.