Thursday, September 11, 2008

Remembering 09.11.01

Remember 091101

My friend Betsy wrote a great post on remembering the tragic events that unfolded 7 years ago today.  The world was forever changed that day and I will never forget.

I was sitting at my desk, when "the Preacher" came out from his office and told me that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center.  Like everyone else in America, we thought it was an awful "accident".  Then, not long after, he came back and said that a second plane had hit the other building and there were other planes missing.  He went home to watch TV and see what was going on.

I remember sitting at my desk wondering what on earth could be happening.  I feared for my children at school, about a half mile down the road from me.  I honestly feared that something could happen where we live.

I remember driving down the road thinking what a beautiful, lovely day it was ... and how in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania there were people in utter confusion and horror and disbelief.  They were experiencing the chaos I only imagine will take place after the rapture.  And I felt somewhat guilty that we were unscathed and that our lives were simply going about as usual.

I remember in the days that followed, the people of America became bonded in this tragedy.  People were flying flags, and putting them on their vehicles.

People who I had never seen before (and since) were coming in to the church to pray.

The church pews were filled that next Sunday.

But, it was short-lived, because ... how soon we forget.

I, myself, will NEVER forget. 

I will never forget the pictures.  I will never forget the sadness. I will never forget the cruelty of terrorists.  Human beings, planning and completing horrible untold violence against other human beings.  Innocent men, women and children.  Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters.  Policemen.  Firemen.

I will also NEVER forget the bravery.  The patriotism.

We saw the best there is in America in that event.  People helping others.  People praying.  People sacrificing.

Pentagon flag

Todd Beamer

Singing God Bless America

Raising the flag

I love this country and thank God for the blessing of living here.

My nephew, Cory, has just being deployed again to the middle east.  I want to take this moment to THANK him and all the men and women who sacrifice their lives every day fighting for the cause of freedom.  They are what makes this country great.

I salute you and I'm praying for you.


Here is a September 11 tribute video... lest we never forget!

Where were you 09.11.01?