"A Blessing for the 11th of September"
Grant us wisdom
as we step through this day.
Two decades have passed.
Grief remains and lives tangled
with a great many other emotions.
Show us how to carry
the weight of this date.
Show us how to release
the weight of this date, too.
Empower us to recognize
that there is not
a singular, right way to feel
on the anniversary of this day.
As we remember
As we see images on screens
As we hear stories of others
As we speak reflections of our own
Keep us open
Keep us loving
Keep us grounded.
In the breaking of hearts,
may there be an expansion of compassion.
In the dissolving of illusions,
may there be a recognition of reality.
reveal to us how to be present to this day
in ways that contribute to the healing
of all people and all creation.
Emily Carson is a Lutheran pastor. Visit her website, emilyannecarson.com.