St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Today September 11, 2006 - Five Years Later
by Fr. Rodney Torbic



Today thoughts of terrorist attacks capture the hearts and minds.
Today is the Fifth Anniversary of the terrorist attack on America.
Today is the commemoration of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist
Today as in years having passed, violence continues to be a concern.
Today as in previous centuries only Christ provides peace in the heart.
Today thoughts turn to the future and the possibility of more violence.
Today the mind races forward with the hope of a more lasting peace.
Today prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims of terror.
Today memories are recalled of heroes and helpers of September 11th.
Today immeasurable pain and immeasurable losses continue to mount.
Today international justice is an objective and healing is a desired goal.
Today different nations differ over the ways to reach peaceful accord.
Today world leaders need an inspired vision to unify earth's people.
Today the work of the Holy Spirit is necessary to bring peace on earth.
Today sins of the earth's inhabitants impede harmony across the globe.
Today healers wrestle with solutions as aggressors plan more attacks.
Today men, women and children in villages and cities learn of fear.
Today the way of God remains the pathway through terror to peace.
Today the Crucified Christ comes to mind as the Cross points the way.
Today the Precious Body and Blood renders new life to the faithful.
Today the living and departed are remembered in the Holy Liturgy.
Today memorial services for victims are held throughout the world.
Today churches receive believers coming to pray and to remember.
Today peace is elusive but remains possible through the Lord God.
Today people are different and more wary due to the evil of a few.
Today dreaded cancer of terror needs radical surgery and treatment.
Today a prognosis of recovery would bring world relief and joy.
Today the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus is a constant reminder.
Today is another day of movement to the time of judgment for all.
Today the certainty of Christ's return stands ahead to be heeded.
Today is not a day to procrastinate regarding repentance and sin.
Today is for serious prayer and contemplation about life and death.
Today return to God and the way of God is the sure way to follow.
Today the Baptist's call to repentance takes on ever more meaning.

Beheading of St. John the Baptist
August 29/September ll, 2006


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