Today is the 15th anniversary of the terror attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the downing of Flight 93 in a field in rural Pa. It was a day our nation was under attack. September 11, 2001 is a day that will live in infamy! Thousands of souls were lost to this earth and thousands and thousands and millions more lives were touched! It is a day of remembering!
Today is not a day for politics or blaming or posturing. It is a day of national mourning and remembering. Winston Churchill said, ” Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. Today is a day to remember and learn from our past.
Every 9/11 makes me weep and remember and pray. It was such a beautiful clear fall day. I was sitting in a Bible Study learning from the Book of Daniel (quite ironic when I look back) and the church secretary came in and gave us the news that one of the World Trade Center towers had been hit by a plane. Over fifty women immediately went into prayer. We prayed for a good 30 minutes and I left Bible Study to get home before my children beat me there as they were let out of school because of the tragedy.
Like all Americans and much of the world, I watched my tv in disbelief and held my young children tight! In the days and weeks and months following the 9/11 attack life on the “outside” got back to some semblance of normal. Life has a way of doing that. But the events of 9/11 has left holes and cracks, and burns and scars… deep and painful!
Our collective conscience… those beliefs, morals, and ideas that work to unify and galvanize our nation was working overtime. We were unified to help each other heal and cope.
But here’s another thing about us. We tend to forget! Again, it is a way for us to move on. A way not to get “stuck” in the mire of unspeakable tragedy.
I shared above a brief overview of my day on September 11, 2001. I don’t know what I wore that day, or ate for breakfast or much else about that day. I can’t remember what our family did that day except that we were glued to the tv and I cried and prayed a lot! And we sat as a family with arms around each other not wanting to let go!
I think Winston Churchill was right. Those who fail to remember history are doomed to repeat it! Please God let us remember our history and never forget!
This week’s memorization verse:
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 I WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN AND FORGIVE THEIR SINS AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND. 2 Chronicles 7:14