Dear Lord,

It hardly seems possible it’s been fifteen years since that day our nation was attacked, thousands of innocent people perished and heroism flourished in so many ways.

We were in shock – filled with disbelief, fear, confusion and outrage. Yet we came together as a people, and the world stood with us as we mourned, stood tall and were at our best.

Today we remember, cherish those who were lost, pray for those whose lives are still shattered and stand vigilant for freedom. But we also sadly acknowledge that something has changed: we are a divided people. So we pray on this day of remembrance that You will help us forgive each other, seek reconciliation with each other and build bridges of understanding with each other.

Quite simply, Lord, we long to once again be at our best.