Christian Author: Nancy W. Boyer

A Prayer on 9-11 and the Aftermath

Today I would like to share a prayer from 2008 where the Twin Towers stood in New York City.

After reading the prayer, scroll down below to see what the people of New York have accomplished in the past years.   Thanks to Yahoo News photographer Gordon Donovan who has taken many memorable images from photographs of 9-11 and found the exact spots today, we are able to see what the American people can do after such a tragedy.

 

Trinity Church Cemetery 9-11

Trinity Church Cemetery 9-11

 

 

Trinity Church cemetery today

Trinity Church cemetery today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“O God of love, compassion, and healing,
look on us, people of many different faiths
and traditions,
who gather today at this site,
the scene of incredible violence and pain.
We ask you in your goodness
to give eternal light and peace
to all who died here
the heroic first-responders:
our fire fighters, police officers,
emergency service workers, and
Port Authority personnel,
along with all the innocent men and women
who were victims of this tragedy
simply because their work or service
brought them here on September 11, 2001.

We ask you, in your compassion
to bring healing to those
who, because of their presence here that day,
suffer from injuries and illness.
Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families
and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
Give them strength to continue their lives
with courage and hope.

We are mindful as well
of those who suffered death, injury, and loss
on the same day at the Pentagon and in
Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Our hearts are one with theirs
as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.

God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:
peace in the hearts of all men and women
and peace among the nations of the earth.
Turn to your way of love
those whose hearts and minds
are consumed with hatred.
God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.
Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.

Comfort and console us,
strengthen us in hope,
and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world
where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all. “

Pope Benedict XI–Prayer at Ground Zero
New York, 20 April 2008

Before and After Pictures of 9-11 and today 

TWIN TOWERS REPLACED TODAY BY ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER AND MEMORIAL

TWIN TOWERS REPLACED TODAY BY ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER AND MEMORIAL

TWIN TOWER 9-11

TWIN TOWER 9-11

One response

  1. god never forget us
    I was work for Port Authority ,before the accident so I know this building I was employ for the Observation DECk, Student Ambassador, for the Spanish Tourist, and day the accident I was work for American Airline . in the JFK it is so coincident for my to work int this 2 places and for my everything chance because I was pregnant the my son now is 12 years old and I was 7 months pregnant and the day the accident Y take day off, and for my my life change because my husband was working in the JFK airport also and he have transfer to Toronto for the job is was a choice but we was so nervous and very sad about all this happens in the beautiful new York now I lived in Atlanta and I never forget New York.
    Norma Alarcon

    September 12, 2014 at 00:43