“Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing.
Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God,
for to you I pray.” (Psalm 5:1-2)
So often I am like the Psalmist. I come to God and wonder where my prayers are going. I often wonder why the whole world seems to be in turmoil instead of peace.
Ten years ago, many of us all around the world wondered where God was as the attacks took place on September 11. For a few weeks the churches were full as people sought comfort and solace from God and the presence of other people. Then, although things changed permanently for us in some ways, we saw a decline in the attendance at worship once again.
There are still people fighting all over the world. There are still people grieving over the losses that began with 9/11. There are still folks who say to God, “consider my sighing.” But many of us go though our days without thinking about those things.
The tenth anniversary of that terrible day falls on a Sunday this year. Our worship that day at the First Congregational United Church of Christ will be a memorial reminder. We will share in celebrating the Lord’s Supper to which he invites us all. We will take the time to remember many who have given so much for us. We will remember the God to whom we pray.
The end of the psalm quoted above has these words: “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.” There is hope in serving our God. Come and worship with us and remember and find God’s hope as we move forward in faith.