The flood came
Initially I was merely going to direct you to the comments of A Penitent Blogger but I felt I had to say more. The flood came and ninety thousand square miles of American homelands were devastated. Today we reflect on the events of 9-11 and how 9-11 has changed the way we think about the world. It has introduced a mindset of distrust.
In the General Prayer read today in my church, these words were included:
“We are penitent, recognizing that we have not done enough to address the source of anger, hate, dehumanization, rage and indignation that lead to acts of violence.
In striving for national security and domestic peace we run the risk of confusing might for right and participating in the very behaviors we condemn.”
Katrina will also change the way we think about the world around us and how we view the ability and willingness of government to assist those placed in harm’s way by events in magnitude beyond our individual capacity to comprehend, react and respond. Are Katrina victims worth less than 9-11 victims?
It always amazes me how refreshing it is to hear the words and music of America The Beautiful on a day like this when we remember the horrors of 9-11 while reflecting upon the wrath of Katrina.
My prayer, if it can be called that, is that the flood of Katrina has washed away the ugliness of 9-11 and that the verses of the America The Beautiful will continues to inspire us.