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I remember the morning:
Blue sky, no clouds.
The air was crisp,
Until it filled with ash.

I want to claim the positives,
Would not minimize the goodness
And courage lived that day,
By firefighters and chaplains,
Bond traders and secretaries,
By soon-to-be ghosts who
Left voice mails of love.

Yet I cannot ignore
The anger unleashed,
The lies told later,
Manipulating hearts and
Bending minds to war, to
Bodies and spirits broken
By the flourishing of fear.

Lord, turn us from violence.
Remind us of the virtuous.

The legacy of their ashes
Must not be hate.


Martha Spong is executive director of RevGalBlogPals and a clergy coach. She is co-author of Denial is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith), with Rachel Hackenberg, and editor of There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, a collection of essays by members of the RevGalBlogPals community, as well as the forthcoming The Words of Her Mouth, a collection of psalms written by women faith leaders.


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