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Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11th: All God's creatures

Noah's Ark    (Public Domain)
Mary Ann and Frederic Brussat, founders and ongoing nurturers of Spirituality & Practice, are no doubt taking some time today to contemplate the far-reaching effects of 9/11.

As New York City residents at the time of this attack, the Brussats experienced its impact firsthand.  They began sharing some indelible impressions on the very afternoon of the tragedy.

Inspired by the poetry of Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, Frederic and Mary Ann wrote these words on that fateful day:

I am a New Yorker still hearing media warnings of new attacks, feeling vulnerable and insecure in my hometown, and I am an Afghan refugee still fearful that my village is not safe from the bombs and fighters in the war on terrorism.  May I know peace.

From God’s perspective, it is likely that the “side” we are on is not nearly as important as what’s in our hearts, minds and souls.

After all, both sides within the American Civil War prayed to the same God.  Due to wise and sensitive leadership during the aftermath, North and South were able to eventually make peace by focusing upon their commonalities.

As the hymn goes:  All God’s creatures got a place in the choir…


Copyright September 11, 2015 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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