As I was spending some time praying this morning, I was, as many of you were, thinking about the events that happened on this day 9 years ago. Images were easily retrieved replaying the live news feeds of chaos in New York as two planes were evilly commandeered to become statements of hate when they were forced into the two towers.
Lives were taken…anguish created…questions reverberated…
I prayed today over those who are gone, but mostly for those who remain, and that I would live in such a way that my life might, in some small way, replenish slivers in the vortex of loss, disillusionment, and pain that exists, at least for those I encounter along the way.
Sometimes it just seems to be too much…sometimes the awareness of humanities wickedness or her apathy just seems to be too much…sometimes it just seems as if we have dug to deep a whole for ourselves and will never get out…
This is when we need to realize that we have been graced by God to live an incarnational life. A life where we don't simply "do religious or good things", but a life that becomes a portal to allow God's goodness to flow through…there is a big difference.
Today is a day to choose to love and not to hate, to be honest with God, and to be honest with ourselves.
I read and ruminated on the following prayer today, and it spoke to where my heart had parked on this day of remembrance for 9-11. Pray through it and note the transition to be the answer of what we pray for..
it just seems to be too
much violence, too much fear;
much of demands and problems;
much of broken dreams and broken lives;
much of wars and slums and dying;
much of greed and squishy fatness
the sounds of people
much of stale routines and quarrels,
bills and dead ends;
much of words lobbed in to explode
leaving shredded hearts and lacerated souls;
much of turned-away backs and yellow silence,
rage and the bitter taste of ashes in my mouth.
Sometimes the very air seems
threats and rejection and decay
there is nothing
to inhale pain and exhale confusion.
Too much of darkness, Lord,
much of cruelty
Too much, Lord
Or is it too little,
little of compassion,
too little of courage,
Too little of music
make of me some nourishment
these starved times,
some food for my brothers
are hungry for gladness and hope,
that, being bread for them,
may also be fed
Honesty with God leads to a transformation of your soul…when you change, your world changes and you change your world, bit by bit, moment by moment.
This prayer was penned by Ted Loder in one of my favorite books of prayer called "Gorilla's of Grace" If your looking for some great prayers of the heart check it out.
May the memories of this day in history cause us all to "Remember, Repent, and Return to God" because when we try to run this world separated from the God who made it, we becomes creators of loss instead of recipients of life.