Nine Eleven

Nine Eleven! These numbers have a sobering effect on me even now. Do you remember where you were when what seemed like the impossible was happening? I was in my bedroom getting ready for work when I did a very unusual thing. I turned on the TV. Before me, played over and over, was the tumbling of the Twin Towers in New York. I was stunned. Like an animal looking into headlights I couldn’t move or look away. All I could think of was, "Can this really be happening?" And "WE are being attacked?!"

Thank God a call from our general manager at the time brought me back to my senses and asked if we should open up the church for people to come and pray. Yes! Of course! Prayer! That day and the next people filed in and out of the sanctuary just to sit in silence to commune with their God.

This year, ten years later, we will honor the happenings of 9/11 once again with prayer. On that Sunday we will conduct a prayer service where all of us can collectively create an atmosphere of healing, peace and love. This I believe will be a fitting way to honor those who lost their lives or loved ones ten years ago.

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Dalai Lama