The word commemorate comes from the Latin word “commemorare.  It is to “bring to remembrance.” So we pause and “bring to remembrance” to the events of this day 19 years ago. A terrorist attack killed almost 3,000 people and injured more than 6,000. The immediate deaths included 265 on the four planes (including the terrorists), 2,606 in the World Trade Center and in the surrounding area, and 125 at the Pentagon. I read that these attacks were the deadliest terrorist act in world history, and the most devastating foreign attack on United States soil since the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. We “bring to remembrance” that two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. We remember those whose lives were forever changed on September 11, 2001. Let us pray for comfort for those who still grieve, strength for those who struggle and assurance for those who worry.  Help us remember that the Prince of Peace is present and that ultimately the violence will end and the crying and mourning will one day be no more.

Scripture Reading: Psalm 137:5-6
“If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither! Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.”

Reflection Questions:
Where were you when you first heard about the attack?
What do you remember about September 11, 2001?
How were you impacted?

Prayer:
Holy God, our hearts ache as we remember this day.  Surround those whose lives are forever changed. Be with those who still grieve and assure us all that the evil we deplore can be overcome when we put our trust in you.  Amen.

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