Last year I wrote about what life was like before and after 9-11 for me. I was working on Capitol Hill that day and the feelings and images of people evacuating (running for their lives) and smoke billowing from the Pentagon still settle in on my mind on the anniversary of 9-11.
This year, my words are few. To read my last year’s posts click here.
Otherwise, I leave you with the prayer offered on September 12, 2001 in the United States Senate by Chaplain Lloyd Ogilvie:
Almighty God, source of strength and hope in the darkest hours of our Nation’s history, we praise you for the consistency and constancy of your presence with us the help us confront and battle the forces of evil manifested in infamous, illusive, cowardly acts of terrorism. We turn to you with hearts filled with dismay, anger, and grief over the terrorist attacks on the Word Trade Center buildings in New York City and the Pentagon here in Washington. We pray for the thousands of victims who lost their lives as a result of these violent acts against our Nation We intercede for their loved ones; comfort them and give them courage. In particular, we pray for the loved ones of the firefighters and police who died seeking to help others. Quiet our turbulent hearts. Remind us of how you have been with us in trouble and tragedies of the past and have given us victory of tyranny. Bless the women and men of this Senate today as they join with president Bush in decisive action. Guide them as they seek justice against the perpetrators of yesterday’s evil destruction and seek to devise a long-range solution to the insidious problem of terrorism. Thank You in advance for the courageous leadership You will provide through this Senate. You are our Lord and Saviour. Amen.