Remind Us

Todd Jenkins, whose hymn about living water has been in these pages and in Gifts in Open Hands and whose ongoing commitment to justice and compassion is unflagging is a pastor in Fayetteville, Tennessee. His words for people of the United States recalling the tragedy of September 11, 2001, are the most deeply moving I have read.

 
Remind us, O God,
that the real question is not,

“Where were you when
the world stopped turning
that September day?”
but “Where have you been
since then, and who are you now?”

Remind us that the quickest way
for terror to win is for hatred,
fear, anxiety, and xenophobia to flourish.
 
Remind us that it will be defeated
when understanding, hope, education,
peace, love triumph.
 
Remind us that grace is the gift
we have been given
to bring to the struggle.

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