Part of me wants justice, but that same part of me has no way to define what that justice looks like, leaving me with one nagging question.
At what point do we consider the debt paid in full?
Nearly 3000 Americans died in the 911 attacks.
tens of thousands of Afghans and Pakistanis dead
hundreds of thousands displaced
the entire leadership structure of al Qaeda eliminated
everyone involved in the planning and execution of 911 either dead or behind bars
the number of troops killed in the ensuing war approaching the number of victims on 911 itself
thousands of troops broken physically, emotionally and spiritually
At what point am I satisfied? How much death and destruction are required for my catharsis?
I understand the desire for vengeance, and I grieve with ALL of those who have experienced loss as the result of this tragedy. However, we must allow grace, forgiveness and healing to intervene at some point and break the cycle of violence.
My simple prayer for this 9/11 anniversary:
Help me to be a peacemaker in the midst of conflict.
Help me to bring healing and forgiveness in the midst of pain.
Lord, hear my prayer.