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A Prayer for September 11 – Pope Benedict

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O God of love, compassion, and healing, look on us, people of many different faiths and  traditions, who gather today at this site, the scene of incredible violence and pain.

We ask you in your goodness to give eternal light and peace to all who died here— the heroic first-responders: our fire fighters, police  officers, emergency service workers, and Port  Authority personnel, along with all the innocent  men and women who were victims of this  tragedy simply because their work or service  brought them here on September 11, 2001.

We ask you, in your compassion to bring healing to those who, because of their presence here that day,
suffer from injuries and illness. Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy. Give them strength to continue their lives with courage and hope.

We are mindful as well of those who suffered death, injury, and loss on the same day at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Our hearts are one with theirs as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering. God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world: peace in the hearts of all men and women and peace among the nations of the earth. Turn to your way of love those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred.

God of understanding, overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy, we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events. Grant that those whose lives were spared may live so that the lives lost here may not have been lost in vain. Comfort and console us, strengthen us in hope, and give us the wisdom and courage to work tirelessly for a world where true peace and love reign among nations and in the hearts of all.

Pope Benedict XIV–Prayer at Ground Zero
New York, 20 April 2008

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God Bless America

800px-US_Flag_BacklitTomorrow is the 4th of July and here in the United States of America, it is Independence Day.  It will be a day filled with parades, cookouts, family gatherings, and fireworks lighting up the night sky.  Songs like the “Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America” will ring out and American flags will be proudly displayed.

As we enjoy our picnics and fun times, tomorrow should also be a time to reflect in prayer.  America was founded as “one nation under God.”  God has always been a part of our country.  Certainly with religious freedom not everyone must worship the same way or even worship at all.  But God has always been there.  284px-Rocky_Mountain_National_Park_in_September_2011_-_Glacier_Gorge_from_Bear_Lake

We have beautiful landscapes surrounding us.  From the Atlantic to Pacific, the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.  From the Rocky Mountains, to the Grand Canyon.  The Appalachian Mountains to the Redwood Forest.  The hand of God is certainly visible in this beautiful country.

Lately it seems that God is being taken out of America.  Under the guise of freedom, America is turning less to God and more towards man. America is a wonderful country filled with many, many people who know and love the Lord.  The media tries to make it seem like we are the minority.  But we are not.  God may not make the nightly news, but He is still present here in America.  People can try to take God away but they will never succeed.

This year, as we celebrate the 4th of July, I pray that all Americans turn once again to the Lord who created this beautiful land and who watches over us all.  I pray that the Christians here in America take a stand for what is right and just.  That we will work together to grow in faith and inspire others to know the Lord.  I pray that tomorrow as we watch fireworks bursting in the inght sky, we can gather together and truly mean the words we sing,

Fourth_of_July_fireworks_behind_the_Washington_Monument,_1986“While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.
God bless America,
Land that I love,
Stand beside her, and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home
God bless America, My home sweet home”
 
“God Bless America” by Irving Berlin, 1918