O God our help in ages past, as we remember this day of grief, we think about all those who lost their loved ones to terrorist acts here and around the world. Help us to be part of the shalom-making efforts, however daunting and arduous the task may be. May we be both seekers and guardians of peace. Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. In your name, we pray. Amen. – Glory E. Dharmraj, General Board of Global Ministries
God, We’ve Known Such Grief and Anger
By Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
IN BABILONE 18.104.22.168 D (“There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”)
Written for the anniversary of September 11th.
God, we’ve known such grief and anger
As we’ve heard your people cry.
We have asked you, “How much longer?”
We have sadly wondered, “Why?”
In this world of so much suffering,
May we hear your word anew:
“I will never leave you orphaned;
I will not abandon you.”
By your grace comes resurrection;
By your love, you cast out fear.
You give strength and sure direction
As we seek to serve you here.
You give comfort to the grieving,
And you bless the ones who mourn.
May we trust in you, believing
Out of chaos, hope is born.
Hope is ours for, God, you love us!
You have claimed us by your grace.
And through Jesus, you have called us
To bring hope to every place.
In each rescue worker’s caring,
In each faithful volunteer,
In each Christian’s love and sharing,
God, we glimpse your kingdom here.
Biblical References: John 14:18; I John 4:18; Matthew 5:11, 28:16-20; and John 17:18.
Text: Copyright © 2002 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved. Permission is granted for this hymn’s free use by churches that support Church World Service and UMCOR.
Take Part in Some Peace-Actions Today
On this day, you are invited to take part in some of the following peace-actions:
- Light a candle and pray for peace.
- Advocate for increased funding for veteran’s benefits.
- Engage in peace activities on Sept. 21, the International Day of Peace. Visit www.internationaldayofpeace.org.
- Post prayers for peace on United Methodist Women’s On-line Community for UMW Peacemakers at www.umwonline.org/peacemakers.