MANY & MIXED EMOTIONS. For me, the remembrances surrounding the 5th anniversary of the terrorist attack that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York and Washington on September 11, 2001 brought many and mixed emotions to the surface.
3,000 and HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS. My heart breaks not only for the lives that were taken that day, but the several hundred thousand people that have been killed since that day, as American and other national military forces have attempted to counter terrorism and prevent further such atrocities.
SAFER? OR MORE VIOLENT? We take some comfort in official assurances that Americans at home are safer now. Still, our world seems more divided and violent today than it was on 9/11.
MY INVITATION TO PRAYER. I invite you to pray with me that people of faith around the world will pray for and act with utmost wisdom for all peoples, nations, and leaders in the years ahead. Pray that we will not play into Satan’s hands (desiring to repay evil with evil). Pray that we will find and demonstrate yet unexplored ways of loving our enemies, helping oppressed people, and providing genuine alternatives where despair and anger breeds violence and oppression, and, at the same time, hold perpetrators of criminal acts accountable.