I promise that I’m not just going to recycle things from my old blog onto this new site, it just happens that two of my favorite things I’ve ever written have again become relevant in the last week.
I presented the following as a prayer last year for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It features some of my own words, along with excerpts from the Book of Isaiah, the Book of Romans, and the Heidelberg Catechism.
On Prayers of Remembrance, Confession and Hope…
Ten years ago, 19 men crashed two passenger jets into the twin towers of the World Trade Center and a third into the Pentagon. A fourth jet, destination unknown, crashed in the fields of Pennsylvania. A painful gash was cut into our hearts that day.
For ten years we have sought to right the wrongs of that day. Though we have struggled to forge a more peaceful world, we confess that our tools are crude and violent. War begets war, and death begets death.
Lord, we suffer under the weight of a broken world. Unable to strip away the sin and injustice of this life. Even as we know you are Sovereign, so often we feel overwhelmed. We are like Job, unable to comprehend the scope of your power and ways. You are a truly awesome God.
It is you who sits above the circle of the Earth,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
Who brings princes to naught,
And makes the rulers of the earth as nothing
The lord is the everlasting God
The Creator of the ends of the earth.
But our understanding is not requisite for hope.
For I am not my own,
but belong fully,
in mind and soul,
in body and spirit,
to my loving Savior Jesus Christ.
And it is in this divine possession we can take hope in the midst of suffering.
That neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future,
nor any powers,
neither height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.