Sunday, September 11, 2022
Almost all of us over 25 or 30 years old remember where we were this day twenty-one years ago. We remember the horrifying scenes, the crushing sadness, the swelling anger, the hardening resolve.
Over these years, we have remembered again and again the innocent lives lost and hearts shattered.
We have remembered, with a never-to-be-reclaimed nostalgia, a world of unguarded and comfortable safety.
Understandably, the memories have left many of us smaller, harder and meaner.
A question for our reflection today might be this. How do we remember inflicted pain in a way that makes us:
- determined not vengeful
- wise not judgmental
- resilient not fearful
- united not isolated
We must do this because to do otherwise is to be consumed by the hatred that our enemy has heaped on us. And that would allow evil its victory.
So, on this solemn day, let us never forget.
But let us remember with reverence, hope, faith, and love – and the unquenchable strength these engender. Let us remember with a grace that ennobles our loss, letting it empower rather than weaken us.
Music: In a Peaceful Valley (The Dance of Innocents)
~ Peter Kater & Nawang Khechog
Pray with this beautiful music and allow it to bless, heal, and release the sacred power of your memories for the healing of our world.