Let Our Cries Come Unto You
A response to 9/11: Prayers of anguish and words of solace from the world's religious traditions.
Laments and mourning
Rest for the dead and the suffering
Comfort and solace
Pleas for mercy and aid
I rock with grief,
fear and trembling overwhelm me;
for I see violence and strife in the city.
I say, "If only I had wings like a dove
That I might fly away and find rest."
Behold, I cry out, "Violence!" but I am not answered;
I call aloud, but there is no justice.
To Allah we belong and to him we shall return. Oh Allah, help me in my calamity and replace it with good.
My eyes fail with watching for thy promise;
I ask, "When wilt thou comfort me?"
These two things have befallen you --
who will condole with you? --
devastation and destruction, famine and sword;
who will comfort you?
But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?"
-- John 11
Comfort, give comfort to my people.