Father, in Heaven, Holy One,
As we remember that terrible day, we pray
Please bring your healing to all those who lost loved ones
On that day, in the battles that followed, and in the wars to come
Protect us here, and protect our soldiers abroad
Be our shield, our strength, our portion, our vision
That no more buildings may burn
That no more towers may fall.
Holy Father, give restraint and peace to my countrymen
So no more mosques or gyro joints will burn.
Give wisdom and grace to us, as Christians
So that we may say, “not my will, but yours be done,”
So that we can pray for violent hearts to turn,
So that we can pray for souls and lives to be won,
Lord, we pray for America and Americans.
Force us to our knees,
So that we can learn to pray
For Iraqi, Afghani, even for Taliban
Even as they seek to shed our blood.
Lord, give us strength to offer those prayers genuinely
For we know that saying prayers for our enemies is easy
But meaning them is hard.
Just as loving them is hard.
Yours is the power.
Yours is the glory.
Help us belong to your kingdom,
Forever and ever,