northanger (northanger) wrote,

National Day of Prayer & Remembrance (14-Sep-2001 & 16-Sep-2005)

these are excerpts from both days of remembrance:

National Day of Prayer and Remembrance (14-Sep-2001) :: We are here in the middle hour of our grief ... "I prayed to God to give us a sign that He is still here" ... War has been waged against us by stealth and deceit and murder. This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger. This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others. It will end in a way, and at an hour, of our choosing ... the Lord of life holds all who die, and all who mourn ... we ask almighty God to watch over our nation ... As we have been assured, neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, can separate us from God's love. May He bless the souls of the departed. May He comfort our own. And may He always guide our country.

National Day of Prayer and Remembrance (16-Sep-2005) :: In this hour of suffering ... The Creator of wind and water is also the source of even a greater power -- a love that can redeem the worst tragedy, a love that is stronger than death ... In this hour of suffering ... "I didn't think there was so much love in the world" ... In this hour of suffering ... we pledge ourselves to the demanding work of revival, and renew the faith and hope that will carry that work to completion. In the worst of storms, and in the rush of flood waters, even the strongest faith can be tested. Yet the Scriptures assure us, "many waters cannot quench love; neither can the floods drown it" ... trusting that even among the ruins, the love of God remains at work ... may He always watch over the United States of America.

more in a bit


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