Dear God: The Ninth Anniversary Prayer
By: Leigh Patrick Sullivan
You created me as a straight-talking free thinker, and it is in this manner that I pray.
As mankind marks another solemn anniversary of that dark day, I find myself an observer to troubling circumstances which I fear will continue the current dangerous path Your creation has chosen.
I pray that those who are fortunate enough to live in the free nations of the world, yet have allowed themselves to be swayed into the belief of appeasement and the blinds of denial, come to understand the truth. The enemy has long maintained that the United States would be destroyed â€˜from the insideâ€™, not necessarily through violence but through naivety and gullibility.
Today we see millions of Americans who have purposely blinded themselves to the reality of the current danger to our way of life. Political correctness, leaders who choose to promote trendy concepts and flavor-of-the-month public opinions, the naÃ¯ve culture of unquestioned acceptance, the loss of morality â€“ all have resulted in a complacent and endangered Free World.
Lord, I pray that next year there are more documentaries about the truth of radical Islam and the events of 9/11, and fewer â€˜documentariesâ€™ which create mind-poisoning conspiracy theories and untruths for entertainment. It is the ultimate insult to the survivors and to the families of the victims of that day.
I pray for the millions of Muslims who now find themselves in a divided religion; those of strong faith and do not support the ones who perpetrate acts of mass murder in the name of Allah. They know the terrorists are not true Muslims; they know that those who dare to proclaim the killing of innocent men, women, and children as a â€˜Holy actâ€™ are liars.
May they find the strength and the courage to overcome their understandable fear of reprisal and rise up against those who continue to desecrate their religion.
Lord, I pray for those followers of Islam who have been duped into believing lies. I pray for those who would commit acts of terror; those who have been convinced of the false belief that a true God would ask His children to devalue their lives so as to see their bodies as nothing more than vessels to be destroyed in the hopes of ending the lives of others.
â€œConvert or dieâ€ is their mantra. How deliciously ironic it would be for Your love to find its way into their hearts.
I ask that your Hand be upon those who continue to defend us from the threat. I pray for the safety of the many men and women from Canada, the United States, and the other nations of the Coalition in places like Afghanistan. Please watch over these brave soldiers as they continue to fight a war which has the possibility, thanks in part to the mistakes, selfishness, and ill-conceived decisions by our leaders, of lasting far longer and causing a much larger loss of live than absolutely necessary.
Finally, my Lord, I pray for the souls of those who came home on September 11, 2001: The innocent civilians in the Twin Towers; the emergency responders who courageously ran towards the danger and sacrificed their lives in the attempt of saving others; the passengers on the planes that were morphed into flying missiles; the heroes of Flight 93 who thwarted the plans of the terrorist hijackers. May their sacrifice be remembered.
After nine years may we finally learn the lesson of 9/11.
The Moderate Separatist