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acrossToday as we mark the 15th anniversary of one of the most horrific days in our national history whose memory still resounds in conflict around the world, we would do well in honoring our fallen brethren to turn to the psalmist and pray not for retribution (which only keeps the wound of vengeance festering) but for peace of spirit in the words of Psalm 51.

Lord, lead us forth in graciousness to the city of your peace, where with the saints we’ll know your highest good, and there rebuild for us our broken walls and shattered hearts. Then everything shall be a sacrifice to you, and offered to the blazing brightness of your name, and burned forever in the glory of your everlasting gaze. (vs. 18-19)