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Lesson from 9/11: We are not each other's enemy

As we remember 9/11, our hearts are filled with both sorrow and a continued sense of resilience. The attacks shook our nation to its core, but we united and grew stronger. Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” In these twenty-two years since that God-awful day, we have to take refuge in God’s word.

Amid the devastation and loss, there was a moment of remarkable unity that emerged from the ashes of Ground Zero. In the days following 9/11, Americans from all walks of life stood together, undivided by differences, and bound by a shared sense of grief and determination. The spirit of unity was most vividly illustrated when members of Congress gathered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and, with deep emotion and conviction, sang an impromptu rendition of "God Bless America." It was a poignant reminder that in the face of adversity, we are strongest when we stand together.

We will never forget the courage of first responders, the resilience of survivors, and the sacrifice of those who lost their lives. As we pay tribute to the lives lost and the heroes who emerged, may we continue to strive for a world where love and solidarity triumph over hatred and division. One of the most important lessons that we must take from that day is we are not each other's enemies. We must resolve our differences in peace.


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