Loving God, help us to realize that true peacemaking can only become a reality in our world today if it is first a matter in our hearts. September 11 reminded us that our country has been blessed with tremendous resources that we must use wisely in the service of others, both within our own borders and around the world.
We ask for the gifts of civility and charity so that we can treat others with respect and love.
We ask for the gifts of faith and hope to strengthen our spirits by placing our trust in You rather than ourselves.
We ask for the gifts of courage and compassion that will move us into action to help those in need in the United States as well as throughout the world. We ask for the gifts of humility and kindness so that we may put the needs and interests of others ahead of our own.
We ask for the gifts of patience and perseverance to endure the long struggle for justice.
We ask for all of this through Christ our Lord. Amen.