Father in Heaven, we remember the brokenness of our world today when we consider the number of people who lost their lives on September 11. We are reminded that over the last eighteen years, there have been empty seats at dinner tables, children and grandchildren born, graduations missed, and painful reminders at Christmas that death is real. We know this day is more than history. It is a day of great sorrow. We lament with those whose hearts are heavy today.King Jesus, we remember the shattering of peace on 9/11 that shook our nation and united us. We are reminded of prayer meetings throughout the country as we looked to you for healing and help. For a short time, our nation not only mourned, but she also pondered the frailty of life and the thin thread of security upon which all our lives depend.We pray today for families who are wrestling with grief. Grant them comfort. Help their friends and family to be kind encouragers as they mark this painful day. Let grieving parents, friends, spouses, and children feel the support of their community.We pray for our nation today. As we mark the events nearly twenty years ago, remind us of our dependence upon you. Help us remember how quickly life can change. Remind us to feel the brokenness of our world, and rekindle humility as we contemplate the meaning of this day.In remembering, it is good to return to you. Grieving families need you. The church needs you. Our nation needs you. And September 11 is a sober reminder that this was true in 2001 and it is still true today. So help us, Lord! In Jesus’s name.
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