After 9/11 every American had a sense of fear as part of their very being. In a way the terrorists had been successful because the peace we knew in this country was now disrupted and corrupted. For many months after, we were afraid that something like this might happen again. But out of the dust of the broken buildings and broken hearts, came something that has always been a part of the American spirit; a renewed courage and unity that represents all that is good in the United States of America.
What happened to that spirit in such a short span of time? We were united in our zeal – ready to fight the fight – eager to respond – angry, vengeful and dressed in the armor to defend the land that had so fiercely been invaded by terrorists. Years of war have left us numb. What we hoped to accomplish wasn’t. The enemy wasn’t ready to give up and still prowls the earth. After all these years, he has crossed our borders, infiltrated our infrastructure and put a giant chasm between us. The once United States became selfish. Violence erupted over and over again. School shootings were becoming the norm. Lack of concern for life became apparent. Kindness took a backseat to ego and we retreated into our own little safe places. During those twenty years, the economy again became strong and an “anything goes” mantra filled the air. Kids were rewarded for participating – not excelling. More and more gangs formed in the streets. Police integrity was called into question and often ignored. We became a nation of protestors – unsatisfied with just about everything. It became politically correct to disagree with anyone who did not agree with you. Then came COVID19 and caused people to cocoon even more. Fear, dissent, hatred, anger, hopelessness all resulted, leaving us with a fractured and divided nation.
Dear, Holy, God,
I pray that our nation will never forget who we once were – a nation under You and your divine intervention. The ugliness of humanity was experienced on 09.11.2001. The power of unity and working side by side for the better of the whole rather than the individual, seems to have vanished over time. Renew in us a new spirit, Lord. One that will honor you and glorify your name. We are mere mortals. Our death is imminent, but you have promised us eternal life. Give us the confidence to endure the rest of our earthly existence and make a difference. Amen!
Isaiah 41:10 "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strenthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand,: