This morning at 6:58 – 10 years to the date and time of the 9/11 attack we gathered at the Glendale Fire Department for a commemorative service. The names of the fallen fire-fighters were remembered with a solemn reading. I was asked to offer the prayer. Please join me with yours.
Prayer at the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks
Heavenly Father, we thank you for the beauty of this day and the opportunity to freely express ourselves and our faith as we gather this morning, here and throughout the world, in commemoration.
May we never forget the tragedy of that day – may the memory of all those lives-lost keep us vigilant in our resolve to seek peace and work for justice. Likewise, may we be inspired by the bravery of those who walked into tragedy while most were fleeing. May we celebrate the courage of those who stood and stand today helping others, as a testament to the power of love.
As we leave today, strengthen us as Americans to look beyond our prejudices and see YOUR presence in all the people we confront. Fill us – each of us – with faith, hope and love – to have faith in a brighter tomorrow, to hope for the goodness in everyone, and to do everything with love in our hearts.
Bless this great country of ours, the United States of America, land of the free and the home of the brave, the land where dreams come true. Bless the people in arms and the people who serve, the responders and the all those who sacrifice their time, energy and lives for the betterment of us all. Keep us focused on true justice, so that we remember Your unfailing words, that love always is and will be more powerful than hatred and that good will always conquer evil.
May we depart in peace and know that You are with us Always, to the End of the Ages. Amen.