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September 11, 2013

I know today is supposed to have a new post. In fact I even have the post written. However I drove past a flag raised at half mast today. Today is 9/11. The day that the Twin Towers, the World Trade Center, in New York fell. So many innocent lives were extinguished because of hate and intolerance. So many hero’s died trying to save those lives. Today is their day.

My high school guidance councilor used to have a poster in his office- a quote by Lao Tzu. The poster read watch your thoughts; they become your words. Watch your words;they become your actions. Watch your actions; they become your habits. Watch your habits; they become your character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

Our thoughts and our words both to those who died and those who committed this act shape the destiny of our world. If our words are full of fire and hate we will live in a world born of fire and hate. If our worlds are full of grief, healing and forgiveness then so too will our world be full of grief, healing and forgiveness.

I am not saying that those who planned and called for the execution of these attacks should escape justice. They will face justice someday, whether on Earth or in the presence of their God. I am saying if their justice is met by man on this Earth we must be careful, critical and watchful to make sure this justice is not tainted with vengeance or revenge. We must remove messages of hate and intolerance from our own culture before we can work to remove it from others.

But today is not the day for that. Today is not the day to look at differences. Today is the day to join hands, all of us, and remember those who died innocent and for the hero’s who tried to save them. Today is a day to hug one another and remember all those, all around the world who died in senseless violence.

Tomorrow we can pick back up our political flags. Tomorrow we can continue to disagree with each other, fight with each other over our own idea of what freedom means.

But not today.

Today is a day to remember. To mourn. And today is a day to look deep and find those words of love, healing, forgiveness and hope.

Today is the day for peace.

I’ve linked a video here to a youtube video of the Patriot Guard. It is worth a watch and I freely admit to tearing up when I watched it.

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