What is your prayer for the survivors of 9/11 attacks?
Pastor Eugene Jefferson, Jefferson Temple Church of God in Christ, Cutchogue:
I ask God's help for the families that they too should inquire from God for help. We are limited and you, God, have all the power and can do all things above and beyond what we on earth can do. We know that you're standing by and all we have to do is reach out to you.
Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov, Sinai Reform Temple, Bay Shore:
May God -- the One who blessed our mothers and fathers -- bless us all with "Refuah Sheleimah," a full and complete healing . . . May this healing come quickly and may our lives be full of love and joy. May we not be afraid nor have hatred in our hearts. May we always have hope and may we learn to gain strength from God and from one another as we face each day with renewed faith.
For all those who perished on 9/11: Adonai -- our God -- May their memories always be for a blessing. May we continue their holy work on Earth by keeping the flame of those memories always burning bright. May we, oh God, live our lives most fully by keeping the spirits of our loved ones forever in our hearts.
Pastor Jeff Laustsen, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Rockville Centre:
God of mercy, God of peace, on this day of remembrance we lift before you all our sisters and brothers who survived the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
We pray that the painful memories of that day be met with your comforting, reassuring presence. As instruments of your grace and peace, use us to surround them with your gifts of strength and hope.
As we remember those who perished on that day, we pray that you will continue to abide with those who survived so that they may find strength to continue to live in the comfort of your holy and certain hope.
Pastor Scott Kraniak, Centereach Bible Church, Centereach:
A prayer for a nation in mourning:
Dear Father in heaven, I ask that you would be with those who lost so much, gave so much and felt so much pain.
I pray that we would all remember, that as long as man walks this earth evil will walk with him, and also that we would remember Your sacrifice of giving your Son's life so we could be forgiven of that evil -- if we but turn to you.
The Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter, pastor, Congregational Church of Patchogue:
Creator of mercy: Help us to see ourselves as you see us. Whether we feel full or empty; overflowing or parched; faithful or faithless; confident or uncertain; strong or weak -- bless us.
We may feel as different from each other as an eye is from a foot; and yet we are as similar as two clouds sharing the same sky. Bless us as your sibling children.
And grant us peace on the cusp of the 10th anniversary of hope.
Rajinderjit Kaur, Singh representative of Mata Sahib Kaur Temple in the North Shore Clergy Association and president of East West Association of Sikh Women for World Peace:
Oh, Lord, give us the strength to forgive. Help us to return to faith. Through your grace, have mercy on us and wash away our mistakes and forgive our trespasses.
Guru Arjun Dave Ji, the fifth guru of Sikhs, a prayer translated from Punjabi:
"O my beloved merciful God, extinguish the fires and save humanity.
Through your graciousness, dense clouds and intense gloom may be dispelled. Thou art forgiving. Thou who overlooks the shortcomings of all mankind, be a summoner of love. O kind Lord, befriend us in our loneliness and take us all in your embrace.
Let there be plenty of food and water and remove all disease. [Our imagined prayer is that] Our loving God has taken all humanity in His embrace and there is perfect peace in every heart on earth.
Elder Bryan Greaves Jr., youth pastor, Holy Church of Christ, Central Islip:
For the thousands of victimized American families:
We ask for God, whom our nation is under, to grant us the contagious blessing of peace. For peace thought of, brings forth peace produced. We pray for "the peace of God, which passeth all understanding and keeps our hearts and minds (Philippians 4:7)." The peace of understanding confirms the beginning process of healing. And, for true peaceful liberty and justice for all.
Rabbi Sholom Stern, Temple Beth El, Cedarhurst:
To those who have lost loved ones in the 9/11 terrorist attack:
1) May you always believe in the resurrecting gift of memory. God willing, the goodness that was found in their lives will have a ripple effect and live on far beyond their stay on this earth and continue to exercise a refining influence on your lives.
2) May those of you who have experienced tragedy be imbued with a spirit of feeling the need to renew life to the fullest. Please try to live with the belief that although evil may have temporary victories ultimately good will triumph over it. To lose this hope is to lose life.
"For those who survived the attack itself, may Allah give them patience. And, may he help protect us all against evil.
May Allah cure all of those who are affected by various diseases due to this tragic attack.
For those who seem lost and can't move beyond the pain, we pray that they have the patience to wait on Allah to give them comfort.
May Allah show the right direction to us all."
For those who can't get over the anger, we cannot return what they have lost, but . . . We pray that Allah will reward you in the hereafter. When you have the patience to wait on Allah, then tranquillity, comfort and peace can come to you.Father Thomas Tassone, St. Aidan's Catholic Church:
God of love, compassion, and healing, look upon us, this day of Remembrance;
We ask you to heal the pain of still-grieving families, and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy. We beg you to bring your life and your peace to our violent world.
Instill in the hearts of all, respect and love for all people, and change the hearts of those who are consumed with hatred.
Comfort and console us, and give us the wisdom and courage to work for a world where true peace and love reign among nations and in the hearts of all.
Karnail Singh Raina, priest, Gurgobind Singh Center, Plainview:
We pray for peace for the soul of all who died in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2011. We pray for healing for those who were injured in the attack and those who suffered injury and illness as a result of their work at the site. We also pray for peace and strength for the families so they can bear the loss. And, we pray for all people who were in some way affected by the attacks that they find peace.
His Holiness Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, global head, Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, submitted by the Science of Spirituality, Amityville:
May we bury our weapons of war so they may be transformed into flowers of tranquillity and bliss.
May we lay down our arms to lift up our arms to the Creator.
May our prayers and meditation transform this world into a garden of everlasting joy;
And may each of us spread light and love, bringing peace to the whole world.