Holy One, can it be 20 years ago
that our world changed forever?
Can it be 20 years ago
when the Twin Towers
collapsed?

We all remember
where we were
and what we were doing
when we heard the news
when the unimaginable happened

And now here we are
twenty years later
and still no wiser
still feeling no safer
than we did on that day

But we still acknowledge
that many people were heroes
on that day.
Many people risked their lives
to save others

They were living out
Jesus’ commandment
to love our neighbours
even if we don’t know them
even if they are strangers

For that is what the Good Samaritan did.
He loved his neighbour
Without knowing him.
He saw a need
and he filled it.

This day, Lord, I ask you
that I will also see the needs
around me
and I will respond.
I will be a helper.

I will be one of the people
Mr. Rogers talks about
when he tells children
how to find something positive
In a negative situation

In every situation
In every time
there are people who help
there are people to thank
there are people to love

Amen

The Reverend Doctor Katherine Burgess, a second-career minister, serves two congregations in the province of Québec, Canada. Her congregations have returned to worshiping together, and we are all rejoicing and enjoying it while it lasts. Session, Presbytery, and Synod meetings are still online. She is one of the regular contributors to the Saturday Prayer for RevGals. Most recently, she has contributed to a chapbook edited by Maren Tirabassi and Maria Mankin, entitled “Pitching Our Tents”. She lives with her husband, Keith, a dog named Bella, and a cat named OhchoCat. She shares daily prayers on her Facebook page. She also has a blog, but rarely manages to post anything in it. 


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