This Friday marks 14 years since the dreadful event that altered the landscape of our country—in ways both literal and figurative. Who will ever forget, having lived through September 11, 2001, the horror and outrage we felt, as we confronted the terrible loss of life, and the prospect of an evil enemy who would willfully extinguish those lives?
We pray for the souls of those who were cruelly taken from this world in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and we ask our Lord to grant peace to those who have suffered loss and hardship in the long aftermath of that infamous day.
As Armenian Christians—who are no strangers to the sufferings of destruction and death—we may cast our thoughts upon the Holy Cross: once a fearsome instrument of death, but transformed, through the suffering of our Lord Jesus, into a sign of divine life. In the Cross of Christ, we receive our highest assurance of God’s loving solidarity with mankind—even in our deepest pain and suffering.
To read a short meditation on the Holy Cross and 9/11, click here http://www.armenianchurch-ed.net/wpblog/2015/09/we-bow-down-before-his-cross-2/