Peace. Scripture, reflection and prayer.
John 14:1-7 & 27 "“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid."
Reflection. Some days are iconic historical dates. Today is September the 11th, or 9/11 if you use the American pattern.
4 Aeroplanes, twin towers collapsing, the Pentagon, 2977 deaths. The invasion of Afghanistan followed. 20 years. The Taliban. Hurt. Anger. Confusion.
Will we pause today to remember? Will our hearts be troubled?
Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not them be afraid."
Prayer. Lord Jesus, on this anniversary we remember the terrorist attack. Yet, we call to mind your word of peace. We are yours and we know that you hold us so close. Thank you. Amen.