Monday, September 11, 2006

Five years ago…

Where were you on 9/11 five years ago? Not just physically, but mentally?

I've written about my experiences here (after seeing the movie United 93) and that blog entry is being reprinted today on Also on SpOTJ is a discussion thread asking how people were praying on that day.

It would be a moving memorial to 9/11 if we would all post on SpOTJ how we were praying. It meant so much that the first place we turned was Spirit-ward. And now, five years later, sharing in how *you* were praying would be a blessing to me and everyone else.

So, if you have time this morning, please visit the discussion at SpiritOnTheJob to tell your own 9/11 prayer story. Or, you can post your thoughts here and I'll input them over there. Or, just email me if you like and I'll post it.

If there's one thing we need to remember about that day, it's our prayers.

Your ideas and inspiration are welcome! Please comment below or Contact Laura.
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At 9/11/2006 08:45:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For me, on 9/11/01 and in the days that immediately followed, the needs to be addressed prayerfully were comfort, protection and hope. My initial prayers on that morning centered on an acknowledgement that God's love was present, even (especially) in the midst of humanly horrific events.

President Bush declared Friday of that week a "national day of prayer and remembrance." I was serving as first reader in my Christian Science branch church at that time, and we held a special noon-time service for the community. The readings that I put together focused on comfort, protection and hope. Among the passages from the Bible were these three:

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. (II Cor. 1:3,4)

In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from opression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their rightousness is of me, saith the Lord. (Isa 54:14,17)

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. (Ps 42:11)

Among the citations I chose from Science and Health was the following, which, for me, combines comfort, protection and hope:

To infinite, ever-present Love, all is Love, and there is no error, no sin, sickness, nor death. Against Love, the dragon warreth not long, for he is killed by the divine Principle. Truth and Love prevail against the dragon because the dragon cannot war with them. Thus endeth the conflict between the flesh and Spirit. (567:10)

Today, my prayers are for continued comfort for all who lost loved ones on 9/11, and an acknowledgement that we can indeed look to God as our ever-presnt source of protection. The collective hope of all men and women of faith and goodwill cannot and will not go unfulfilled.


At 9/12/2006 02:46:00 AM, Anonymous Emily said...

I hadn't set foot in a CS church in YEARS, but on Sept. 11, 2001, while the rest of the world was trying to make sense of things, my reaction wasn't exactly a prayer. It was more of a simple awareness of something I'd known as a child and then forgotten.

The first thought in my mind was:

None of this is real.

I didn't know (or, more accurately, didn't remember) the phrase "no life, truth, intelligence, or substance in matter," but that's basically where my thought went.

My husband was having a terrible time trying to figure out how God could have allowed something like this to happen. He announced that when he got to heaven, God was going to have a lot to answer for.

My instant reply was: "God doesn't have anything to answer for. He didn't allow any such thing. Mortal mind just thinks He did."

It was incomprehensible to me that Life could be trapped inside a material body that was trapped inside a burning building or a doomed airplane.

I didn't quite know how to get up above the illusion to see Truth, but I remembered a line from Richard Bach: "Not being known doesn't stop the truth from being true."

Or -- to borrow the X-Files slogan -- "The truth is out there."

I've found it rather amusing that the terrorists' actions, which were intended to strike fear in my heart, had precisely the opposite effect. The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, drove me back to Science ... and since I came back, I've never felt more protected in my life.

At 9/12/2006 06:27:00 AM, Blogger Laura said...

This from Barbara:

after watching that horrible scenario play out on the tv... i think that was when i turned to for healing thoughts... i was so grateful for the daily Bible quotes emailed to me from them in the coming days and weeks... it was about all i could cling to ... and i remember looking forward to reading them like getting clean , clear water in the middle of the desert..


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