Today, as is done on every anniversary, the names of the victims who died are read out loud in New York City. The President of the United States attends a memorial service at the Pentagon. Smaller services are held in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, usually attended by the president’s spouse. A moment of silence will be observed by Americans across our nation on this somber anniversary.
Last night, President Obama addressed our nation concerning our response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons within its’ own country. Twelve years later, America is tired of wars, conflicts and strongly resists bloodshed by sons and daughters serving in the military. Yet, we recoil at the sight of children included among those killed by chemical warfare in Syria.
Twelve years have made America resilient, but resistive.
The promise of no boots on the ground is heard with jaded experience of previous strikes that were not going to involve troops entering the conflict or war, but did. The candle of hope for a diplomatic solution was lit recently when Russia proposed for international monitors to take over and destroy any chemical weapons found in Syria.
Today, is a somber day for America, but not hopeless.
Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for Him.”
25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him;
26 it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.