Alka's Angle September 10, 2021

Dear Broadway Family,

Tomorrow marks the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 -- the day that is forever etched in the memory of all who were alive at the time. We remember where we were on that day and what we were doing. Life in the United States has not been the same ever since.

While I, perhaps like many others, have strong opinions on war and the reasons that brought us to that day, none of us can ignore the intensity of that day, the devastation it brought, and the lives that were lost as a result of the trauma of that day -- lives of those who happened to be in the buildings and aircrafts, and of the many rescue workers and first responders who ran towards danger when everyone else was asked to run away from it.

So, today I share a prayer of remembrance, written by the Rev. Dr. Derek Weber, a teacher and Director of Preaching Ministries.

On this day of solemn remembrance:
May we honor the lives that were lost in this tragic act.
May we give thanks for those who served and saved, rendered aid and assistance.
May we give comfort to those who live with loss.
May we seek justice and peace where it is within our ability, and rely on you when the ability escapes us.


On this day of solemn remembrance:
May we build what has been torn down.
May we mend what has been broken.
May we live your love when hate seems to reign.
May we bear witness to the cause of peace. Amen.

Tomorrow, I will ring the bell 20 times, for the 20 year anniversary, beginning at 8:46am, the time the first plane hit the World Trade Center. If you are available and able -- I invite you to join me* at 8:46am tomorrow. Following the ringing of bells, we will hold a few moments of silence, say a prayer and then light candles and place them by the fence.

Beloveds, this world seems chaotic right now and everyone is doing the best we can, putting our best foot forward, and showing up. Remembering those whose lives changed for ever on 9/11, let us also be mindful of those who may not be directly influenced by 9/11 and yet their pain and trauma is no less. In the midst of all the pain that surrounds us, may we become the beacons of hope and encouragement for all we encounter. Let us continue to love unconditionally, and work towards building God’s kin-dom here and now, and don’t forget, I continue to be your partner in this work! I look forward to seeing you in worship this Sunday!


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