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The first is the Lord's reminder that good as well as bad things happen to everybody. In Matthew 5:45 (MSG), Jesus says:
This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty.
Some religious people on "their" side might call us nasty, and label themselves nice. Alternately, some might want to think that burning buildings are tragic for "our" side, but are God's judgment for "their" side. But Jesus is clear that "stuff happens" to everybody.
I also think of the words of Jesus, when a Samaritan woman asked him which was the best place to worship. John 4:19-26 (MSG) says:
“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”
“I am he,” said Jesus. “You don’t have to wait any longer or look any further.”
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Wherever you are, and whatever religion you belong to, I hope you'll pray for worshipers with ties to both holy sites. And I hope you'll be less concerned with outward forms and locations of worship than you are with inward expressions of spirit.
Peace be with you.