Last night and this morning I could not decide which of three topics I had in mind to write about today. None were fully formed, and I couldn’t seem to bring any to any coherence. I’m glad I didn’t because all day long my mind has been on something else entirely; something I remember on August 6 – the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima; of Paul Tibbets and his crew in the Enola Gay taking off from Tinian Airfield, and of the inhabitants of Hiroshima looking up at a single bomb falling from the sky with no idea what it was bringing. It is too momentous an event for my poor powers of commentary to do it any justice. I can’t do any better than to offer for your prayerful consideration this from the Book of Common Prayer.
“O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infects our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Ron Hicks, Parish Verger, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Washington DC, 06-August-2013