Archive for September, 2011

President George W. Bush proclaimed Friday, September 14, 2001, as a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks. This letter was written on that day ten years ago to encourage family members in their commemoration.

My dear loved ones,

Today is a day of prayer and mourning all throughout America. How shall we ever erase the images and the memory of this national tragedy? We grieve with our countrymen, but not as those without hope.

That is why I am writing you.

I came home from work earlier than usual this afternoon so I could compose for you some reflections about this week‘s events and offer you a commentary that expresses both realism and hope. I write this to my children, whom I love dearly; to my grandchildren, for whose young lives I pray; and to my family, who will (I think) understand this burden of my heart. My purpose is not to frighten or agitate, but to help provide categories for perceiving what is going on in God‘s world.

For the rest of the letter, go here.


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This article was written originally in September 2001, and published in the Dutch daily newspaper, Reformatorisch Dagblad.

On this ten-year anniversary, we offer it here in commemoration of the events that occurred on September 11, 2001.

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