Monday, September 10, 2018

A PRAYER FOR 9/11: The Dreams That Fly Away

We remember.

All mankind will pass before You

like members of the flock.

Like a shepherd pasturing his flock,

making sheep pass under his staff,

so shall You cause to pass, count, calculate, and consider the soul of all the living;

and You shall apportion the fixed needs of all Your creatures

and inscribe their verdict.

For Your Name signifies Your praise:

hard to anger and easy to appease,

for You do not wish the death of one deserving death,

but that he repent from his way and live.

Until the day of his death You await him;

if he repents You will accept him immediately.

It is true that You are their Creator and

You know their inclination,

for they are flesh and blood.

Our origin is dust and our end is dust.

At the hazard of our life we earn our bread.

We are like a fragile vessel,

like the grass that withers

the flower that fades,

the shadow that passes,

the cloud that vanishes,

the wind that blows,

the dust that floats,

the dreams that fly away


The dreams that fly away.

Your kingship is an eternal kingship.

Your dominion is for all generations.


Anonymous said...

Psalms for our dreams. Thanks

Mo said...

I'm really struggling this morning, recalling the horror as I watched events unfold 10 years ago. I had a day off work that day, and was able to watch everything from the safety of our house in the Midwest.

Doug's beautiful and sad post are the words from the Hebrew prayer Unesanah (or can be Unetanneh, as in the article)Tokef, said on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It is not an easy prayer to contemplate, but it depicts the reality of life.

My father related to me that my grandfather, his father, who perished in Auschwitz, would cry when this prayer was said, as would many in the congregation.

I'm also crying today...not just for the wanton loss-of-life on 9/11, but that we're about to reward the Palestinians who danced with glee and gave out candy after the attack will be rewarded by a U.N. vote IN NEW YORK CITY, for terrorism and murder, with support from 100's of country for their own thug state. Terrorism is rewarded.

I'm crying because the U.S. is led by a piece-of-shit who thinks WE caused it, and there are millions here who also believe the same. I cry because we've accelerated our decline rather than using the attacks as a longer-term lesson on how to come together, but who CAN come together with the folks who would blame only the victims?

Doug, you are doing a marvelous job of pointing out so much that is wrong, but I am still crying because I don't know that is enough. The appalling and willful ignorance, the glossing over of who perpetrated the attacks by our pols, our academic crowd and the MSM is truly disgusting.

I pray for the souls lost to the murderers that day 10 years ago, but I also pray that we, as a nation, can gain some common sense and smarts and start ignoring the voices of Evil out there, or those who aid and abet the voices of evil.

directorblue said...

@Mo - thank you.

Giving up is not an option. All we can do is try to educate those we can; we owe it to previous generations who suffered and died on Normandy Beach, in Belleau Wood, at Shiloh, at Valley Forge...

Those were sacrifices. The least we can do is to calmly, deliberately, unrelentingly support the most conservative candidates possible.

For that is the only way we can begin to unwind the damage done to our Constitution and this Republic.

Mo said...

Thank YOU Doug, for this blog, for it gives ME hope and even some great laughs when I really need them. Your words are 100% correct about not giving up.

I'm the son and grandson of immigrants who came here in refuge from both the Nazi extermination camps, and revolutionary Russia. My dad was one of the earliest Jews I know of to give up on the Democrats, and voted for the Republicans. He loved freedom. He had lost his parents in Auschwitz, so you can imagine what he felt about this country. My maternal grandparents were the ones who escaped from Russia after the 1905 Revolution; my great grandfather was murdered by revolutionaries because he was a Jew. My grandparents, as my dad did, loved this country with a passion only those who have known slavery and totalitarianism can maybe fully appreciate.

I once stood next to a Polish man, in a Chicago 'burb bookstore, and he saw I was perusing a book about Neville Chamberlain and appeasement, and he launched into a diatribe (but a well-meaning one, he was very pleasant if passionate) about how America had lost track of what needed to be done and that appeasement would never work.

Finally, you mentioned Shiloh...I've been there with my family, but I was just driving back from NY a couple of weeks ago when I decided to take the "scenic" way home to the Midwest and drove through Gettysburg. Beautiful setting, maybe more so than Shiloh, with Gettysburg's rolling hills and small streams...and I thought about how Lincoln's words and the sacrifices of the men who fought and died in such numbers.

So, sorry if this is long, but thank you for what you do on your blog and especially for the comment you wrote above.

mauser98k said...

symmetrical collapse of 3 asymmetrically constructed buildings at free fall speed in one day.
(twin towers not twin internally, building 7 hugely asymmetrical construction.)

Anonymous said...

“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

~ Psalm 91:15-16

Reflection said...

Mauser98k, please take your lack of knowledge of physics and your conspiracy theories elsewhere, and consider feeling some sorrow for the thousands who died.

Mt Top Patriot said...

Amen Doug

Anonymous said...


The comment by Mauser98k is backed up by thousands of architects, engineers, demolition experts, firemen and pilots who also think something is wonky and wrong about the damage and collapse of buildings, including the Pentagon. His comment and concern is legitimate. It is your derision that is out of place.

14 years later, we have an administration enabled by both parties that breaks laws with impunity, abuses power, is pro-Islam, pro-illegal immigration/immigrant, anti-American Constitution, anti-American citizen, that has lied to us over and over. We now have a minaret at the top of One WTC that was not in the original design. We have had another 9/11 in 2012 and a mass casualty bombing at the Boston Marathon, with details covered up. We have riots being incited by Black Muslim entities, encouraged by the Ayatollah. We have had both the POTUS and Secretary of State operating with an Iranian-born advisor constantly at their sides. (Valerie Jarrett and Huma Abedin) We have a deal with Iran that is not in be best interest of the US and the world. We now have massive immigration/invasion of Islamists in the guise of refugees.

We also know the administration lied and did not try to save our people in Benghazi in 2012.

Something is seriously wrong with our country and with what happened on 9/11/01 and 9/11/12. We do not know who or why the Twin Towers and Building 7 were brought down, and busses were burned to a crisp many blocks away, but we can be sure it was not just planes.

Redwine said...

It is ironic, perhaps with karma or Schadenfreude, that today, oa all days, there was a partial collapse of the grand mosque in Mecca. Most of the hijackers of 9/11 were Saudi, satanist islam was their guide, the crane that collapsed belonged to the Bin Laden family, and Saudia is a major enablers of islamofascist terror.

We have occupying our White House another enabler of islamofascist terror and jihad. He and his despotic, treasonous henchman, are hard at work to intentionally and systematically destroy this nation to make way for the rule of islamifascism.
A curse be upon them.

Doug, your poetic remembrance of the horror of 9/11 brought back my own memories of that day, when I watched with my colleagues from a meeting room in Tel Aviv.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what else to say, except, thank you Doug.

Anonymous said...

God, sometimes through someone like Jesus, has warned that abiding by His laws, honoring Him, acknowledging His sole and absolute power would not be easy. Many today have been fortunate enough to never be tested on their fidelity and loyalty to God, but I suspect that that time has come. Stand and be brave or succumb to what logic tells you are lies and mistruths. God has forgiven and saved anyone who came to him contrite. But being weak and not standing up to these evils makes you an accessory and I don't think you want to test God. OK, athiests, Muslims and congregants worshiping the neon god you made give it your best shot...throw your best lib/prog/socialists crap. I am not afraid. All I have to do is unplug your iPhone and close the coffee shop and you are toast!

Joseph Kidd said...

Amen, Doug. And a sincere thanks for all you do. God Bless!