Bishop's Letter Regarding 9/11

Bishop's Letter Regarding 9/11

8/23/2011

"May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord,
even as we put our hope in you."
(Psalm 33:22)

August 23, 2011

Dear United Methodists of the New York Annual Conference:

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer, the Prince of shalom, Healer of our brokenness, and Hope of the world!

As we observe the 10th anniversary of 9/11, our hearts go out to the grieving families and loved ones of the innocent victims for their suffering. They are in our prayers for comfort, strength, and healing. The world shall never forget what happened on that beautiful Tuesday morning. Indeed, the world was dealt not only a diabolical blow but a monumental challenge. Since then, the world has radically changed.

We have learned much in ten years. Some have learned better how to love their neighbor. Some have learned how to hate. In the main, however, ignorance and fear still abound and we seem more divided than ever as a nation and as a world. To be very sure, our hope is not in political strategies alone. Rather, our hope is in God who is working to redeem and repair a lost and broken world until all creation is reconciled and abounds in love, respect and harmony.

The world-changing events of 9/11 were an expression of unalloyed hatred which brought about destruction and despair beyond description. As Christians, however, let us be reminded that there was another kind of world-changing event some 2,000 years ago on the Mount of Calvary. It was an expression of God's love which brought light and life to the world. For this, human destiny would no longer be the same. To be very sure, God is not quitting on us. We can be assured of God's love for the world that triumphs over the powers of death and darkness. So let us join our loving God as agents of God's vision for a just peace for all.

This year September 11 falls on a Sunday. Accordingly, let us mark this day with prayers of remembrance, prayers for healing, and prayers for peace. Our God who desires that we "do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God" (Micah 6:8) is able. And in this we ground our hope and take our refuge.

In Christ,

Jeremiah Park

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