9-11

Our God,

We pray this day (9-11)
for people we have loved
and lost.

We pray for the innocent—
victims of the self-righteous assurance
of misguided ideologues—

for all those hurt
by those who don’t care
about others.

We pray this day
for people you love
whom we hate—

for what it does to us,
called to love,
to hate—

for what it does to you
who are love
for us to hate.

May we accept the struggle
to honor our fear, our anger,
the sense of injustice,
that impels us to act,
and yet to ever resist hate—

in Jesus’ name,

amen.

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