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Prayers said for peace, for wisdom

Eileen JoyceSeventh-grader Anna Harris (left) holds hands with second-grader Chandler Meyers as they walk from Mount Saint Mary's school to St. Patrick's Church for a special mass Wednesday morning.
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What were people praying for Wednesday at United Methodist Church in Grass Valley, a year to the day after the unheard of happened?

Did they pray for peace, that what happened last September will never happen again?

Or did they pray for the lives lost, and for the strength and wisdom to live in today1s uncertain world?



3I think we1re praying for all of the above,² said the Rev. Barbara Smith.

Her hope for the world, a year after the World Trade Center Towers came crashing down, is that peace and justice will prevail.




But justice, she said, does not mean revenge.

3Justice is making it right for all the people in the world, and that would mean dealing with those who did wrong,² Smith said.

But justice is bigger than that, she said. 3Justice is fixing the whole problem.²

Smith prays that people will try to understand why terrorists would hate America enough to do such a terrible thing ‹ and then address the causes.

Smith said she feels for the victims, their families and everyone touched by the tragedy.

3But we have to find a way to be in peace with the segment of the world that harbors anger against us,² she said.

Smith1s hope for peace and understanding is reflected in the following excerpt from a prayer prepared for the Sept. 11 anniversary observance by the Most Reverend Frank T. Griswold, presiding bishop and primate for the Episcopal Church, USA:

3Out of what we have endured, give us the grace to examine our relationships with those who perceive us as the enemy, and show our leaders the way to use our power to serve the good of all for the healing of the nations.²

Like many Americans across the county, Ezella Shay came to church Wednesday to remember and reflect.

3It1s a beautiful way to remember a horrible event and pray it will never happen again,² she said.

But to heal the wounds of the nation and bring the global community together, Shay said, it has to start with peace.

3There has to be peace somehow,² she said.


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