Today we bow our heads, bend our knees to the ground, clasp our hands in prayer to You and close our eyes trying to calm ourselves as we remember that frightful day when America was attacked 20 years ago. We come to You, Lord, in order to receive your blessings and to feel your comfort and strength in the very depths of our souls for this event has shaken the world as we know it.
It is so difficult for us to comprehend how such a heinous crime could be conceived, let alone carried out by our fellow human beings. We pray for those who lost their lives in the various attacks. We pray for the first responders who, without hesitation, ran up the stairs of the Twin Towers while those in the tower ran down the stairs, fleeing for their lives. We remember those who died in the plane crash in Pennsylvania and those who perished at the Pentagon. We bring to your loving concern those who were on the planes that crashed that day, having innocently boarded their flights to their destinations. unaware of what was to come.
May we find the strength to forgive and yet never forget this crime perpetrated on your creation. May we gain the wisdom to discern good from evil, for it is the greatest of virtues. Have mercy on us O Lord and on your creation. Forgive us of our sins and grant us entrance into your Kingdom when our time comes.