UNITED BY TRAGEDY: A Look Back at the Morning of 9/11/01 and How America Came Together

Twenty years ago today, the world stood still as we witnessed the horrific events of September 11, 2001. Nearly 3,000 people died, but, as the ashes settled, the people of America rose up, forsaking political and ideological allegiances, choosing to love their neighbors as themselves. Let us today be reminded of the bond we forged together then and, rather than choosing bitterness and division, may we choose love and peace as we honor the lives of those we lost. That is our prayer on this 20th anniversary of 9/11.

“The cross tells us that God understands our sin and our suffering and, from the cross, God declares, ‘I love you.’ The story does not end with the cross. For Easter points us beyond the tragedy of the cross to the empty tomb. It tells us there is hope for eternal life, for Christ has conquered evil, and death, and hell. My prayer today is that we will feel the loving arms of God wrapped around us as we know in our hearts that He will never forsake us as we trust in Him. And this is going to be a day we remember as a day of victory.” — Rev. Billy Graham, Sept. 14, 2001

May God bless you, and may God bless America
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