A clean heart create for me, O God;
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
This is the eve of the date which sends a chills up our spines in spite of the years which have passed. You likely recall precise details of where you were when you heard what happened that day in New York City, Arlington County, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Though that day’s devastation horrified us all, goodness reigned during the days that followed. Uncommon selflessness and generosity became the norm. Political differences fell to the wayside. We joined hands as one people to do everything possible to bring about healing.
I was convinced then just as I’m convinced today that our world is in dire need of peace. Our sisters and brothers who were directly touched on 9/11 as well as those in war-torn countries across the earth can attest to this. Our service men and women who continue to experience the horror of that day on battlefields near and far can attest to the same. If this isn’t enough, daily news reports of the violence we inflict upon one another here underscore our need for peace.
My mother used to remind me often that charity begins at home. She expected me to show my own family the kindness which I so willingly extended to others. Today, I remind myself that peace begins at home as well -in our world, in our county, in our neighborhoods, in our workplaces, in our schools, in our homes and, most importantly, in our hearts. There will be peace on earth only if every one of us works to bring it about.
Loving and Merciful God, give us hearts which desire peace and hands to build that peace wherever we are.
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