We pray today that from the ashes will rise a
new spirit of beauty and unity in America.
Already, all across this nation our hearts have
been knit together into a new tapestry of one America.
Because of this tragedy, we have been bound
together by a silver chord of hope and brotherhood and sisterhood.
What was meant to drive us apart has really
drawn us together. May we always remember.
And so today we ask, God, that you would wipe
the tears of all in need of comfort.
That you would warm the heart of one who would
grow cold from bitterness.
That you would lift the head of that one who is
bowed down in sadness.
That you would touch the discouraged and remind
them that love will always conquer hate.
We thank you, God, for making us such a
resilient people. We know that we are.
And we pray now for the strength to rise again,
to build again, and to live free from fear.
We pray that you will help us rebuild our broken
lives and mend our broken hearts.
We pray that you will give us the courage to
face evil and the faith to believe that good will never be defeated.
Hold us close to your heart.
And through our tears, and through our sorrow,
may we all see a new vision
of a new tomorrow.
Bless us all and God bless America.
Pine Grove, California
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