Today many of us pause and reflect. I fear we often reflect in the wrong direction.
We wonder why did this terrible thing happen to us instead of wondering how we will be people who undo and heal terrible things.
We wonder how we can defend ourselves from "them" hurting us again instead of actively pursuing an end to injustice, looking out for common human and global interest rather than defending our national interests.
Lord help us to seek reconciliation rather than retribution.
Where reconciliation is impossible, give us grace to know how to set boundaries in a way that may, one day, lead to restoration and building up the world.
Lead us to live in a way that inspires other nations to fear, not so much the recrimination of the United States, but rather fear the shame of the globe for attacking and demeaning a nation that helps the world be better.