A prayer I offered in 2012 front of an assembly from several nations in Kabul for Patriot Day (September 11):
O God, Creator of all, Sustainer of life, our Refuge from disaster, we commemorate today an event that awakened a nation and that forced awareness of vulnerability upon a world. As a nation, the United States of America sank to its knees in prayer as we reeled with disbelief. Even so, hundreds of citizens immediately responded, many dying themselves as they struggled to save those trapped within the targets of the terrorists.
Today we pray that you will restore our hope, that you will renew our faith, that you will energize us to defend liberty to speak, to worship and to assemble.
May we have the courage, when faced with evil, to stand firm in freedom, resisting the urge to retreat into authoritarianism and oppression.
Thousands have given their lives striving to counteract the violent destruction of September 11, 2001. Many more have grieved their losses but celebrated their achievement. We thank you, God, for our international friends who stood beside us in our darkest hours and who continue to fight beside us. Bless and protect them. Sustain the people of this land (Afghanistan) as they recover from decades of fighting. Give them a vision of freedom and grant us all the wisdom to help them walk the paths that will lead to its realization.