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A Prayer for Peace on 9/11

September 11, 2012

I came across the following prayer by Samina Faheem Sundas, who is the co-founder of “Fear to Friendship,” a group dedicated to promoting cross-cultural friendship and education  in the wake of the events of September 11, 2001. Sundas also founded Global Peace Partnership (a partnership  of American Muslim Voice, Global Peace Partners, and The Peace Alliance), and serves on the steering committee for Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice. I know that on this eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and with so much violence continuing throughout the world, we shall all want to join her and offer this prayer to our God of love together:

My dear God,
Grant us hearts that could feel the pain of others and the power to help lessen the pain. Grant us wisdom to seek the truth. Grant us courage to break the silence and take actions against injustice and inequality. Grant us souls that will love all the living beings you created. Grant us voices to speak for the voiceless. Grant us the ability to listen with compassion, lend a helping hand, wipe a tear, lift a spirit, mend a broken heart and share our joys and sorrows with each other. Grant us the strength to eradicate fear, poverty, hate, despair, division and violence. Grant us the courage to replace it with love, hope, inclusion and peace in your beautiful world. Grant us hope for a better world for all of us and our future generations. We need your divine intervention to help us forgive. Please fill our hearts with joy, light, faith, love and peace. Grant us commitment, dedication and persistence so we can continue on the path you designated for us. May we have peace in our lives and in our world. Amen

(The source for this prayer is http://forusa.org/blogs/linda-kelly/prayers-for-peace/9521, from the website for Fellowship of Reconciliation. The image at the top of this blog is a photo taken last night of the new main World Trade Center building that is due to be completed in 2013, with lights in the sky in memory of the destroyed twin towers. The song embedded below, “Peace Prayer,” is based on a the beloved prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. It was the Offertory Hymn at our 10 a.m. Service on September 9.)

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Last year’s 9/11 posting on my blog can be accessed by clicking here.

2 Comments
  1. Dear Pastor, I have shared this blog to my website because I loved it. I don’t claim to own your article, all credits back to you. Thank you! God bless!

    • Dear Nilyn:

      Thank you for taking the time to share these encouraging words. I’m convinced that actions like your doing this can, in a simple but profound way, help spread peace in our broken world. May God bless you, too.

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