Yesterday we paused, even if briefly following so much hurricane news, to acknowledge 9/11 and the memory of the attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania.
An off-shoot of the National Day of Prayer in May, is 'Cry Out America', causing people to pause and pray each September 11.
Below is a prayer emailed to anyone who wans to read, or think about, our nation. If it was good for yesterday, it is still good for today:
"Lord, we live in a diverse country with blends of many cultures, faiths, and values. In an age when partisanship seems to pervade all aspects of American life, it seems as though the polarizing of people in the realm of culture and politics only continue to widen, deepen, and become more and more strained.
"Instead of actual discussions about the real issues of our day, there is anger and loud, unyielding opposition. I pray that the power of Your Holy Spirit would move among us and tear down the barriers that divide us. May You breathe upon us and instill on us a desire for unity and agreement through a spirit of mutual respect and brotherly love.
"Forgive us for any discrimination, cynicism, or superior attitudes we may have harbored in our hearts. I ask You to help me own heart to be free to bring peace to others, to work together with others who don't share my perspective and to make a difference in the world. Help me, help us, Father, to be a force for unity and not disharmony.