Nine-Eleven


You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.”
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:43-44).

Love your enemies
love them with cluster bombs
love them with depleted Uranium rounds
love them with daisy cutters
love them with guided missiles
love them with sanctions, prisons, torture

Pray for your enemies
pray for them while they weep, while they burn
pray for the dead, innocent and otherwise
pray for the orphans, the widows, the widowers
pray for the shattered homes
pray for their warlords and roadside bombs
(pray they’ll never ask us why)
(pray we’ll never have to answer)

With so much love
with so many prayers
how can we possibly be wrong?

8 thoughts on “Nine-Eleven

  1. “O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle — be Thou near them! With them — in spirit — we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it — for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.”

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  2. Luke: I’m really glad you found the prayer/post to be helpful. I like when people get mileage out of the stuff I put out there. I definitely felt strongly when I wrote this. Lemme know how it goes 🙂

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