By John Pierce

My email inbox is full of media releases, news stories, and invitations to commemorative events (from press conferences to secular and religious observances) all related to the 10th anniversary of the tragic terrorist onslaught on our nation on Sept. 11, 2001.

For some reason, beyond an obvious pressing publication deadline that demands my first attention, I have read only a few of these. And I’ve watched a little related television coverage and listened to a couple of NPR stories about how 9/11 changed us. But not much.

It’s not that I don’t remember or don’t care. To me, it just doesn’t seem like a time for so many words.

Quiet reflection is my preferred way to observe this somber occasion. As one who is vocationally tied to the use of words, phrases and sentences, this might seem odd.

Worship will take different forms in various places today from blaring patriotic music to quieter calls for unity and hope. But it may be moments of silence that serve us and this occasion best.

i will be remembering, pondering, and hoping along with you.

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