Sometimes we need to pray. We have a need to lift up our concerns and our pain to God.
On this Wednesday, we remember the events of twelve years ago. It was twelve years ago this Wednesday that Americans and people around the world found themselves glued to their televisions watching the terror of two airliners flying into the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Then there was the news of the plane crashes in Washington D.C. and in Pennsylvania. The world seemed to stop on that day. And most of us can vividly remember right where we were when we heard that news.
As a pastor (at that time serving a church in West Hollywood) I remember how people came off the streets into the church sanctuary to pray. These were people who had not been in church for years and some had never been. But at that moment in time, it seemed like the thing to do. There were people who wanted to be in a sacred place, to have a sense of being with God and to pray. And it was not only Christians, but it was all faiths who took time to pray.
People prayed to God asking deeply profound and soul searching question about why this horrible event happened. People prayed to God seeking guidance as to what now they needed to do. People prayed to God for safety and some sought comfort in the midst of their fears. People prayed in complete silence as they sought to hear God’s voice.
Over these past twelve years, we have endured through some challenging times. These past years have not been easy. The future still is unknown. And fear has not left us.
For some, this national tragedy of 2001 is placed beside ongoing personal hardships and nightmares. Many people still today hurt, struggle, grieve, and fear. The difference can be found in that these personal issues are deep inside and inward and are not as visible as collapsing towers. So people go around through life suffering and dying inside.
Maybe we still need to be praying. Maybe we still need to lift up our concerns and our pain to God.
Back in 2001, a good friend from seminary created a television ad for The United Methodist Church entitled “Amen.” The message was simple. The people of The United Methodist Church stand alongside all people and pray with them. The Church still prays alongside every person today.
I pray for the people of Imperial Beach who remember the events of 9/11. I also pray for the people of this city who are still caught in their own personal tragedies with deep issues of pain and grief.
As we stop and remember,
Let us pray:
May all of us remember with love and compassion this day of 9/11.
May we grieve with those who still mourn,
And share memories with those who cannot forget.
May we draw strength from those who bravely responded,
and gave their lives to save others.
May we stand with strangers who became neighbors that day,
and remember their generosity and hospitality.
Above all, God may we remember your faithfulness
and learn to trust in your unfailing love.
May we listen and care
for those in our midst who are suffering
in body, mind or soul
and may they find healing and peace.
We still do need to pray. We still need to lift up our concerns and our pain to God.
If you have something you would like me to pray about for you.
Email me at JonEdwin@aol.com
I am always available to get together for coffee and chat.
Just email me and say “Let’s get together.”
And we will!
Imperial Beach United Methodist Church (455 Palm Avenue)
Sunday Morning Worship: 9AM (30 minute service with Holy Communion) and 10:30 AM (Holy Communion celebrated 1st Sunday of the Month)