Sunday, September 11, 2016

The verses we should hear more often

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

15 years ago today

At church today, the weekly bulletin has the scripture quote from St. Paul: "Be not overcome with evil, but instead overcome evil with good".

In the same vein, we have Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s quote: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

We can honor the fallen by remembering both these things before we start promoting hostility. Do, say, and post things that bring people together, not divide people or promote hate and prejudice.
This is not a day for hatefulness. This is a day to be reminded of what hatefulness will do if left unchecked. That's what we should be remembering today before we speak or hit the SEND key on a post.

May God rest the souls of those who died in the attacks 15 years ago today, and may those who grieve those lost ones be consoled.