Help us overcome, Lord, this evil which has descended
Help us understand, Lord, why so many lives too soon have ended
Help us heal, Lord, as we recover from the pain
Help us cope, Lord, show us sunshine after the rain
We put our trust in you, Lord, as you watch us from on high
Help us grieve, Lord, and hold us while we cry
Written by Jim Lane
Fair Oaks, CA , September 2001
This morning in church we remembered. Many in our congregation could remember exactly where they were and what they were doing on the day that Pearl Harbor was attacked and the same applies to the days that John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Ronald Reagan was shot, and Challenger exploded. Likewise we remember where we were ten years ago today during the events of September 11, 2001. Although we will likely never forget, I pray that God will continue to bring healing to all those who were wounded both physically, mentally and spiritually. Similarly, I pray that we will learn the right lessons of September 11th. There are many messages but I pray that we hear the messages taught to us in scripture, messages of love, forgiveness, healing and hope and not the messages that we sometimes hear that play to our baser instincts to hate, destroy and seek revenge and retribution.
This morning’s worship service began by reading together from the Psalms and remembering that we find strength in God’s tower and not in towers of our own making. The opening prayer was the one I have included above. It was written by a fellow rocketry hobbyist and an online friend, Jim Lane in 2001 after the events of September 11th. It sums up many of the feelings that we had then and feelings that have resurfaced this week as we remember. I include it here with his kind permission. Thank you Jim.
My message this morning was a story of remembrance but also a reminder that the thing that makes followers of Jesus Christ different is our calling to love and forgive our enemies. This is not an easy thing, in fact, it may well be one of the hardest things that we can do but Jesus tells us that our own forgiveness depends upon it.