How Will We Change The World?

Peace!… Do not be afraid!
Go and carry the news…

From Matthew 28:9-11

Though eighteen years have passed, I’ll never forget my whereabouts Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001…

I was driving to school when a report of an airliner crashing into the World Trade Center interrupted the local news. The assistant principal and I were discussing that horrific accident when the second assault in New York occurred. Fortunately, our students were all in the building by that time. When the Pentagon was hit, area schools were put in “lock-down” mode. Classroom teachers secured their doors and kept their students inside while the rest of us patrolled the hallways and saw to it that no unidentified individuals entered. Our school district served both local children and the children of military personnel assigned to the military installation just blocks away. Each of us prayed fervently that the base wouldn’t be the next target…

Though eighteen years have passed, I’ll never forget the heroic effort which unfolded by midday, September 11, 2001…

The morning’s devastation horrified us all, yet bravery and selflessness reigned. Uncommon generosity became the norm. Those nearby joined hands to do everything possible to care for those who’d been hurt. Many more did the same during the months and years that followed. This world has never been the same since that day…

I was convinced that nothing would change this world as dramatically as that infamous day did and I was wrong. The actions of those hijackers inspired subsequent assaults. The actions of those first responders and those who who continued their efforts for months and years afterward inspired selflessness and generosity beyond all of our expectations.

What will change the world around us today? It’s up to you and me…

Loving and Merciful God, give us hearts which desire peace and hands to build that peace wherever we are.

©2019 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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Peace… One Moment At A Time

A clean heart create for me, O God;
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.

Psalm 51:12

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.

©2016 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved