Lover of the human race, kind heavenly Father, on this anniversary of the tragedy that befell our nation 14 years ago, we pause under Your embrace to remember.
We remember those whose lives were lost that fateful day.
We remember the compassion and courage of our first responders.
We remember the families that were torn apart, never to be united again in this fallen age.
We remember all who ministered to broken hearts and sought to bring them Your comfort.
We remember the way our nation changed that day.
And as we remember, we beg Your mercy on all who carry wounds of heart, body or mind.
We ask Your mercy on all who continue to serve in our armed forces, strengthening and upholding them in every good deed.
We ask Your mercy upon all our first responders who so frequently put themselves in harm’s way to protect us.
We ask Your mercy for our public servants that they be given wisdom as they continue the struggle against terror and violence in our world.
We ask Your mercy also on those who meant us harm, begging You to give them the gift of repentance, changed hearts and new minds.
And we ask all these things in the name of Him who knew in His own body the pain inflicted by unreasoning hatred and religious violence, our Lord Jesus Christ, whose love triumphs over all, whose forgiveness holds us fast, and who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.