View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Remembering Victims and Families of September 11 Attacks in USA

On September 11 (now commonly called 9/11) wherever we are living, it is good to pause and remember that morning in 2001 when hijackers intentionally crashed two airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, and a third airliner into the Pentagon.

We remember the 2,974 people who died in the attacks plus the other 24 who are missing and presumed dead.

We remember the families and friends who lost loved ones, who continue to grieve and yearn for wholeness.

We remember the many wars that continue to rage and commit ourselves to the work of peacemaking:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

(Author unknown but often attributed to Francis of Assisi)

September 11 Attacks, Wikipedia.
September 11: A Memorial, CNN.

Dr Geoff Pound

Image: The Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.