It doesn’t seem like 17 years ago. It still feels like it happened yesterday.
It was one of our worst hours, but it was also one of our finest hours as Americans of all faiths, creeds, colors, ethnicities and cultures became ONE, even if it was only for a moment in time. Everyone seemed to understand that they were their brother’s and sister’s keeper. We were wounded, but the reality is that the wounded become healers. Before that fateful day had ended, hope was already in the air as it seemed the nation began to already look beyond the ashes as they searched with compassion for others in need.
On this day, Sept. 11, 2018, we seem so far removed from the spirit that rose up that day. We seem to have embraced the polar opposite of 9-11-01. We are so divided and splintered in the middle of an economic boom. Our national divisiveness has spilled over to damaged relations with our friends around the world while we embrace those who seek us harm. Is it wrong to hope for the hope we embraced following 9-11-01? I hope not.
The family and friends of the Ecumenical Theological Seminary send out our love, deep appreciation and well wishes to those who have sacrificed so much for our nation: first responders and their families and Americans of goodwill who work every day to keep hope alive. As people of faith, we know we can do better as the result of the sacrifice of others.
Let’s make 9-11-18 the beginning of a renewal of our faith in God and humankind. We are reminded again about the power of sacrifice as demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ:
13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. NASU
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Harris, President
Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit