The other day my oldest daughter, Melissa, and I were talking about all the 9/11 commemorative activities happening this weekend, and her comment was “Why do we have to be so sad about it?”
My reply was along the lines of “We’re not necessarily sad, but we are somber and respectful.”
She had a good point though. Yes, the 9/11 disaster was deeply saddening, horrific, and painful. None of us will ever forget where we were or what we were doing the moment we heard about the Twin Towers. The same way those alive when Kennedy was shot will never forget that moment. It was a singular moment that changed our lives, even if we didn’t know anyone who died or survived.
I mean, because of that day, our country has spent trillions of dollars going to war. The political climate has changed. The economy has changed. Even I, a peaceful pacifist, was happy when Osama bin Laden was captured and killed.
But now, ten years later, what are we supposed to make of all this? Is sadness still our base mode? Anger? War making?
I hope not. I hope we remember and, through our remembrance, act to bring peace to the world.
My friend, Dr. Paul Aitken, composed a moving piece of music a few years ago. It’s called “And None Shall Be Afraid: a Plea for Peace in Five Movements.” Paul’s music is haunting, reverent, and uplifting. The words for each movement are taken from five different religious traditions, all with the message of peace, hope, and love.
This Sunday, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, a choir and orchestra made up of a diverse group from our community in Boise will perform this amazing work. Please, if you want to commemorate the day and look with hope to the future, attend this concert. It will be held at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Rockies in downtown Boise. The concert is free, but a suggested donation of $10 per ticket will help defer costs. All proceeds will be donated to the Sanctuary homeless shelter.
I guarantee this concert will stick with your heart and touch you deeply. And I hope that it moves us all to look for opportunities to make peace.