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A city not forsaken

Sorrow and grace woven together in stories of New York's Lutherans

A kind of "new scripture" is emerging among Lutherans in New York City, a patchwork quilt of stories revealing how the suffering are connected to God and each other.  

As stories are reverently passed by witnesses and the wounded, from mourners to the merciful, the quilt grows more colorful and complex. But no less troubling. Each square is stained with tears.

 As stories are reverently passed by witnesses and the wounded, from mourners to the merciful, the quilt grows more colorful and complex. But no less troubling. Each square is stained with tears.

And every story elicits another just as tragic as the last: the empty chair of a family member who didn't come home Sep. 11, a coach whose baritone will never again be heard teaching and loving kids, a friend whose laughter is now only a resonant memory or a photograph gently held, the little girl whose mother didn't pick her up from school.

Pastors and church staff hear the stories and pass them on, expanding the fabric that now binds formerly disconnected lives into one cloth, one great story whose conclusion remains unwritten.


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