Sunday, September 11, 2011

my thoughts: September 11, 2001

I originally wrote this 2 years ago while I sat in the airport waiting to board a flight to Las Vegas. I think all of it still holds true today, as we remember the events of 10 years ago:

Twin Towers in New York City
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As I looked at my train ticket this morning, I was reminded of the date today: 9/11. Until 2001, it was just that, a date. But now it is a day we should never forget. But, I fear that too many already have.

I will never forget where I was; as you probably have the same distinct memories of where you were when you first heard the news. I was living in San Diego and in the 10th grade. I had my alarm set to 'radio'. When it went off, the DJ was, of course, describing the scene in New York. The second plane had not hit yet and so there was much speculation as to how this could have happened: a rouge pilot committing suicide, perhaps? Of course we soon learned of what had actually transpired. I immediately turned on the television in my room and ran downstairs to tell my parents to do the same.

My husband and I talk about how our children will be asking us about the day, much as we look to our parents and grandparents to tell us about other significant events in history. There is no doubt that September 11, 2001 changed our nation, and the world, forever.

But besides the event itself, I remember how we came together as a nation. I know it's clique to talk about how united we were, but it's the truth. And that is the problem; we were united. Anyone can look around and plainly see that the opposite is true today. But I'm not talking about political unity. I am speaking of unity in morals, values, support and respect for each other.

My prayer today is both for the families of the fallen and for the unity of this nation. It is said that a house divided against itself cannot stand. How true that is! May we remember how our Founders came together, despite differences, to fight what was evil and unjust. We should do the same today, or I fear we will lose this Republic for which they risked their lives to create.

May you take today to remember the events of 9/11, to pray for those who lost loved ones in the attack, to pray for the men and women overseas at war and to pray for your nation. I will leave you with 2 Chronicles 7:14:
...if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (emphasis added)

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