We give you thanks that you are ever near.
Today as we remember those lost to us 10 years ago on that day we now call 9/11, we give thanks that you do not lose your own.
Memories come to us, O God – where we were; what loved one we needed to place. Horror at the brazenness of it; sorrow at the loss of life.
There is still so much we do not understand.
And yet we know that each one lost to us is found in your embrace. For this we praise you.
Other memories come: awe at the courage of first responders; the rallying cries of friendship from around the globe; our own love of this nation we call home; the desire of so many to connect in worshiping community with you.
Even now, dear God, may we continue to seek you – knowing that you are ever near. Strengthen us to be the evidence that you are near. Help us to build on the courage of that day; on the love and friendship and faith. Mold us into your ambassadors for healing and wholeness and hope.
Come near through us we pray in Jesus’ name,