Let us stop for a moment today and remember.
We remember the terror, the panic, and the pain that was September 11, 2001. We remember the lives lost and the families that mourn those lives. And we remember the courage and the bravery shown by many who never before thought of themselves as courageous or brave.
In our remembrance, let us feel gratitude. Let us say an extra thank you for our countless blessings and freedoms, both as Americans and – quite simply – as human beings. Let us say thank you to those who respond to this ongoing struggle on our behalf.
We also pray that you open the door for healing, as individuals and as a nation. Though many years have passed, the wounds are still open, the pain is still sharp.
And, above all, give us the strength to respond to the hatred of this world with an attitude of love. Love isn’t always easy to cultivate, and yet it is what we are called to do, each and every day. Help us to develop love everywhere we go, amidst mercy and justice, amidst joy and pain, in times of struggle and in times of calm.
For where love is planted, peace can grow. Love conquers all.