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Three Prayers for Peace on 9/11

September 11, 2013

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For this twelfth anniversary of the attacks on 9/11, on which we’re deeply aware of the violence in Syria, Egypt, Nigeria, and so many other parts of the world – and indeed in each human heart, including our own, there are embedded below three prayers for peace.

The first prayer is 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

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
[http://forusa.org/blogs/linda-kelly/prayers-for-peace/9521, from the website for Fellowship of Reconciliation]

The second prayer is from the Grey Service book we use at our Wednesday morning Services of Holy Eucharist. 

Come, O Spirit of God,
and make within us your dwelling place and home.
May our darkness be dispelled by your light,
and our troubles calmed by your peace;
may all evils be redeemed by your love,
all pain transformed through the suffering of Christ,
and all dying glorified by his risen life. Amen.
[Eucharistic Prayers, Services of the Word, and Night Prayer (ABC, 2001), p. 62]

The third prayer is the song embedded below, “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace,” which is based on the beloved prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi.

All three were part of our Service of Holy Eucharist this morning. I invite all of us to unite in offering them today together.

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The image at the top of this blog is a photo taken this year of the Statue of Liberty, with the new main World Trade Center building, Freedom Tower, a prominent part of the New York skyline in the background. The image at the bottom is of Mija Quigley of Princeton Junction, N.J., embracing the name of her son Patrick Quigley, who was one of the nearly 3,000 who died in the 2001 attacks. 

The 9/11 posting on my blog from 2011 can be accessed by clicking here.

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