As we marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11 on Saturday, we recall memories of where we were and when we heard the news of the tragedy unfolding in New York. With so many connections between Ireland and the US, it really touched us all. The events that day were truly beyond words. I remember in the days that followed hearing the following prayer. It really was so honest, heartfelt and filled with hope. I share it again with you today, 20 years on.
A prayer for unity by the Reverend Wintley Phipps
We pray today that from the ashes will rise a new spirit of beauty and unity. Already, all across this nation our hearts have been knit together into a new tapestry of one America. Because of this tragedy, we have been bound together by a silver chord of hope and brotherhood and sisterhood. What was meant to drive us apart has really drawn us together. May we always remember. And so today we ask, God, that you would wipe the tears of all in need of comfort. That you would warm the heart of one who would grow cold from bitterness. That you would lift the head of that one who is bowed down in sadness. That you would touch the discouraged and remind them that love will always conquer hate.
We thank you, God, for making us such a resilient people. We know that we are. And we pray now for the strength to rise again, to build again, and to live free from fear. We pray that you will help us rebuild our broken lives and mend our broken hearts. We pray that you will give us the courage to face evil and the faith to believe that good will never be defeated. Hold us close to your heart. And through our tears, and through our sorrow, may we all see a new vision of a new tomorrow. Amen