Saturday, September 11, 2010
Out of a Clear Blue Sky
Today dawned clear and crisp and cool, with a blue, blue sky. Just as it did that terrible day nine years ago when the towers fell. I went to the river to pray and reflect on this tragedy, and I could hardly look at the sky without seeing again those plumes of smoke marring its radiance. Three thousand people -- including many Muslims -- died in those towers, and now, nine years later, the death toll continues to rise. At least a hundred times that number of innocent Iraqis and Afghanis have died in the wars of retribution our country mounted against those people who had nothing to do with the attacks on 9/11. Over five thousand American soldiers have died in those wars that have brought no resolution to any of the issues surrounding the attacks. Ten times that many did not die but will suffer forever from their wounds and the memories of war. May God grant healing and peace. May God forgive us.