Today I got to spend the entire day with my kids. I know, I do this a lot, but there is no place I would rather be. This morning we got up bright and early, put on our Sunday best and went out for breakfast. Then we went to our first day at a new church. We have not been to church since we left Gilford. It was nice to be back, and even nicer to have been welcomed so warmly be the congregation at St. John's United Methodist Church in Dover. We will definitely be returning. The service was a beautiful tribute to the 9/11 victims. I could not hold back the tears. I never can.
"O God, our hope and refuge, in our distress we come quickly to you. Shock and horror of that tragic day have subsided, replaced now with an emptiness, a longing for an innocence lost. We come remembering those who lost their lives in New York City, Washington DC and Pennsylvania. We are mindful of the sacrifice of public servants who demonstrated the greatest love of all by laying down their lives for friends. We commit their souls to your eternal care and celebrate their gifts to a fallen humanity. We come remembering and we come in hope, not in ourselves, but in you. As foundations we once thought secure have been shaken, we are reminded of the illusion of security. In commemorating this tragedy, we give you thanks for your presence in our time of need and we seek to worship you in Spirit and in truth, our guide and our guardian. Amen." Reverend Jeremy Pridgeon
Later that day we had a play date with a co-worker and her son. We were outdoors all day and the television was not turned on once. I know a lot of people were watching 9/11 tributes today, but I chose not to. Those images are forever burned into my brain so I "saw" them today without having to see them. I know someday I will need to sit down with the kids and watch the videos again and explain, but I knew today was not the day to do that. They are so little and they still have their innocence. Today we played and I remembered and I hoped and dreamed and prayed for peace in their lives.