9/11: Remembering Our Community.

Photo via Ken Lund

This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Today we remember those that lost their lives in the attacks against the United States 11 years ago. It’s a somber day for so many who lost people they cared about and as a nation we grieve the loss and do our best to honor those who have gone. My hope for today is that we not only remember those who died but that we would honor them by regaining the community we shared after the attacks.

My hope is that today reminds us of how fragile the lives are and how important it is to value our neighbors, friends and loved ones. Every day we go without investing in community is a missed opportunity to share in each other’s stories. Let us not worry about revenge or hating those responsible for the attacks 11 years ago or the troubles we have today but let’s begin authoring a new story about loving one another, caring for those around us and trusting in the Great Author of salvation.

With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds. –Abraham Lincoln

 

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