Another 9/11 and various sentiments are being renewed all over this country. Anger, fear, hatred, and quite possibly hope. Like Spiritual Dragonfly’s post this morning, Always Remember, I find myself wondering when we will ever learn to live in peace. She said:
Now look at us. 14 years later, there is so much hate. So much violence. There is disrespect. It’s a disgrace. We’ve become a nation divided. It diminishes the memory of all those lives lost that day, and since.
But as I sat here talking to my son this morning I felt a little glimmer of that hope I mentioned. He read me a tweet from his friend Meg that I think expresses the feelings of a lot of the generation that grew up in the shadow and hatred of that day. It may surprise you.
The person in front of me at Starbucks paid for my order in remembrance of 9/11. They were Muslim. We need to have a conversation about this man feeling guilt 14 years later over something he had nothing to do with. We have to start treating each other better as human beings. Live with an open mind. Live with gratitude. Live with love. @megcmarks
Maybe we are growing. Maybe we are learning to forgive.
But we need a lot more people like Meg to step up and let their voices be heard. To that end, tonight our church (Community United Methodist) is hosting Dr. Salman Masud of the Islamic Society of Utah as he comes to us for the second time to have an open dialogue about Muslims and Islam.
I must admit when he spoke the first time I was a bit apprehensive about the community’s response, but the evening went well. I’m hoping that means the time is right to aid in the healing process of this country.
Yes, we must always remember, but what good is the remembering if we don’t also learn something from the tragedy. What I hope we remember is that there were people from all corners of the world in the towers that day, even Muslims. Isn’t it time we came together to honor all of them? I truly believe we can only do that once we learn to forgive.