We remember your precious children killed in New York Washington, DC, Shanksville.
We remember your precious children killed in Afghanistan Iraq and around the world.
We remember death wounded bodies wounded spirits wounded souls.
We remember acts of terror acts of valor acts of violence acts of peace.
We remember fear anger hate prejudice.
We remember kindness courage grace generosity.
We remember people coming together to reach out weep sing embrace care.
We remember songs ended songs gone songs created songs begun songs lived songs shared.
Remembering, may we take bold, faith-filled, hopeful steps to unlearn the ways of war and turn to ways that might make peace between people; to overcome fear of one another and recognize the dignity and value of every person; to seek understanding of suffering and nurture the empathy needed to work to alleviate it; and to walk the paths of love that leads to peace and justice.
Remembering Jesus, in response to your Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen.
with thanks to Shannan Vance-Ocampo, Chris Shelton, leaders of the United Church of Christ and Come from Away
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