Lest our short memories forget the significance of this day, Father, I offer up a prayer in remembrance of September 11, 2001.
O Man of Sorrows (Is. 53:3), you who are perfectly satisfied within yourself yet entered into our human experience and underwent trials of which we cannot fathom. Comfort those who mourn on this day. So many died when those planes rocketed into skyscrapers. When our illusion of security and invulnerability crumbled as surely as those towers. And those sickening events left entire families and communities in twisted heaps that have proven much harder to remove than tons of broken stone.
Remind us, O Lord, that you do not stand removed from such events. You indeed weep over the brokenness of the world you created and we corrupted (Lk. 19:41). I thank you, my God, that you did not judge it beneath you to become one of us–bits of clay that return to dust in but a few short years (Gn. 18:27). Yet you lived the perfect life while on this earth. The life we all should be living. And your obedience reminds us of our disobedience. In light of your perfect holiness, Christ, not one of us is truly innocent (Ps. 14:3).
Yet you demonstrated perfect obedience even as that obedience led you to the cross. Thank you, Jesus, for enduring our violence against you and your message. Thank you for taking the punishment for our disobedience upon yourself. And thank you for offering us a relationship with God the Father through you by the power of the Holy Spirit. Now through faith in you, we have life and we can have it abundantly (Jn. 10:10).
Heal our souls, Lord. And remind us that your salvation redeems even a nightmarish day like 9/11. We live this life in the sure hope that one day you welcome us into a city far greater than any that we see now. A city where you rule and reign forever and every tear has been wiped away (Rev. 21:2-4). Speed the day, O Lord. Amen.