On this, the 10-year anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, let us move beyond feelings and acts of hate, hurt, and revenge, and let us move to a place of love, healing, and forgiveness.
“A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.” – Francis Bacon
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, . . . if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other . . . You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” – Jesus Christ, from the Sermon on the Mount
“Repel evil with good. Then will he who hates you become as it were thy friend and intimate. And no one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint.” The Holy Qur’an 41:34-35
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you.” – Unknown
“Forgiveness is the release of all hope for a better past.” – Buddy Wakefield
Let us release the hope for a better past so that we may build a better future.