For today’s Worship Wednesday, I thought it’d be appropriate to honor those who gave up their lives
and to mourn the innocent lives lost on this day twelve years ago with simply a prayer.
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.
This was the Collect of the Day from the Episcopal Diocese of New York for today, and it gave me chills just reading it.
In the midst of this conflict with Syria, I’ll be holding this one close to my heart.