Remembering

Every year, on this day, I remember.

I remember sitting in bed, with the bedclothes bunched up under my chin, mouth hanging open as I watched the plane crash into the side of the building, momentarily confused, vaguely thinking I must be watching a very bad movie.

I remember the unfathomable sadness when it finally sunk in and profound knowledge that collectively, our lives would never again be precisely the same again.

Like me you all have your own memories of that day- what you were doing, where you were, and how you felt in the day and weeks after. No need for explanation or storytelling. Just remember.

Today, this crossed my path and I wanted to share it.

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I
am mindful this morning of those among us who hold the lives of the men and women serving our country in their prayers, seeking the safe return of all who have been deployed;

I am mindful this morning of those among us who hold the lives of the civilian women and men and children affected by this war in their prayers, seeking their safety amidst the conflict;

I am mindful this morning of those among us who are filled with emotions – of sadness, of anger, of resolve, of doubt, of uncertainty – which seem to overwhelm them, as they seek a balance of spirit;

I am mindful this morning of those among us who feel disconnected, through their passionate understanding of either support or opposition, but who would welcome inclusive arms to embrace them even in their differences;

I am mindful this morning of our duty to hold, in thoughts and prayers and hugs, all those who choose to walk with us along the path of life, not only those with whom we agree but even more so those with whom we differ.

So, this is my prayer for the morning: that in our own community we find the wisdom, the courage, the connection, the acceptance, the all- encompassing love which is the essence and source of peace – that none be afraid.

Amen and Blessed Be,

The Rev. Dr. Randolph W.B. Becker of the Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists. Written on March 23rd, 2003.

So be it.

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