I cried to you, O Lord;
I pleaded with the Lord, saying,
"What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit?
will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?
Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me;
O Lord, be my helper."
You have turned my wailing into dancing;
you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy.
Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing;
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever. -Psalm 30:9-13
Just as the plea of the psalmist is resolved with hope-filled praise for the Creator, so the eye-witnesses to 9/11 in Will the Dust Praise You? move from stunned disbelief to hopeful action. Their stories recount the halting but steady movement toward healing and reconciliation.
Along with its companion DVD, Revelations from Ground Zero: Spiritual Responses to 9/11, the book is part of a joint project sponsored by the Church Pension Fund, Church Publishing, the Episcopal Diocese of New York, the New-York Historical Society, and Trinity Church Wall Street.