David Comer welcomes interim pastor Steve Shoemaker to Grace.
On September 11, 2001, a horrible event took place that changed our lives forever. Many of our current young adults were young teens in 2001 and spent the next evening in youth group sharing their thoughts and feelings about the attack. Out of that discussion came this Litany of Hope, written by our youth and published in the Baptist Peace Fellowship publication. Please take a minute to reflect on their words from 15 years ago
*A LITANY OF HOPE
LEADER ONE: Why and how could someone have the mind to crash airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon? How can people be so heartless? Why do they hate us so much?
LEADER TWO: Why can’t we ignore the differences of our skin color, religion and culture? Why does it feel as though God is punishing everyone in the USA?
LEADER THREE: What will happen to America? Will we go into shock or depression? Will we retaliate and punish? Will we go to war?
LEADER FOUR: Why does God let this happen? So many questions escape our minds. So many uncertainties and fears!
ALL PEOPLE: The Lord is my constant companion. There is no need that God cannot fulfill.
LEADER ONE: Unbelievable. I never imagined or thought about any war-type situation happening in my lifetime.
LEADER TWO: Who would be so cruel and stoop so low that they would do something like this? It makes me cringe when I think of all the children that were killed.
LEADER THREE: Terrorists stink! I don’t know what my thoughts are because I am a kid. I am so confused.
LEADER FOUR: I’m scared now. I’m scared for me, for my family, for my country. I’m scared of war. I’ve never been this close to war.
ALL PEOPLE: Whether God’s course for me points to the mountaintops of glorious ecstasy or the valleys of human suffering. God is by my side. God is ever present with me. God is close beside me when I tread the dark streets of danger, and even when I flirt with death itself, God will not leave me.
LEADER ONE: So many helpless cries go up for family members, friends, other relatives for the helpless people we don’t know. So many prayers are sent up.
LEADER TWO: We send sympathy to the families of all the victims of the terrorist attacks. We send sympathy to the rescue workers who died trying to save lives and keep people safe. We send sympathy to the children that have lost parents. Help all of the orphaned children. So many prayers are sent up.
LEADER THREE: I have thought about all the people killed or trapped or they have lost their homes and I can’t really imagine what they are going through. So many prayers are sent up.
LEADER FOUR: I just hope that all of the people who died will be reborn as little angels of the world. So many prayers are sent up.
ALL PEOPLE: When the pain is severe, God is near to comfort. When the burden is heavy, God is there to lean upon. When depression darkens my soul, God touches me with eternal joy.
LEADER ONE: Well, I guess we will just have to keep on hoping, praying, wishing. I just hope we can do something about it. I just pray that everybody is safe. I hope that everyone is praying and we should still because it is not over yet.
LEADER TWO: I just hope that this day will be remembered for the good things that come out of it. I wanted to be there helping out but I know that I could only pray for those people.
LEADER THREE: I hope this can be resolved in a peaceful manner. President Bush and Congress should be smart. I just hope we don’t do anything we will end up regretting. LEADER FOUR: I just hope that we will resolve wars and help keep worldwide peace for everyone. I hope they find out who did this; not to get even but to show them what they did and how many people they hurt.
ALL PEOPLE: When I feel empty and alone, God fills the aching vacuum with God’s power. My security is God’s promise to be near to me always and in the knowledge that God will never let me go.
LEADER ONE: Together we stand, divided we fall.
LEADER TWO: Please make no wars.
LEADER THREE: Be Strong America.
LEADER FOUR: God watch over us all. And God bless us all.
ALL PEOPLE: Amen.
*These are words and thoughts of the youth of Grace Baptist Church expressed about the horrible events of September 11, 2001 on the day following the attacks. The litany responses are Psalms 23 as expressed in the book Psalms Now
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