The Impact of September 11th

We will win this struggle, not for glory, nor wealth, nor power, but for justice, for freedom, and for peace, so help us, God.”

Tom Harkin

 

Today is September 11th, and if you lived through it, you will never forget 9/11. I was teaching at the time and on a break when the principal called me into the office. She didn’t say a word, but I could see she was crying. I looked at the television and saw the plane crashing into the Twin Towers. We began to call parents to tell them to come to get their children. Many parents had already arrived, some crying, all looking terrified. Everyone who had relatives in New York started to try to reach family and friends, but the lines were all impossible to get through to. We were very lucky, but many families were not. We found out that Dave’s sister Nancy had to walk home to Long Island from Manhattan with many other people just wanting to get home to their families any way they could.

The first time we visited New York after that day, there was such an eerie feeling when we looked at where the Twin Tours should be. The feeling of hurt and betrayal was overwhelming. How could this happen? Why would people take the lives of the innocent in the name of God? The good news is that it was a time when there was unity. People stood together as Americans mourning the lost lives. Sadly, the experience led to many people being seen as dangerous despite their lack of involvement in this horrendous act. I don’t fully understand anything that happened that day or the days that followed, but I remember the words of Jesus. Jesus prayed for the people who had betrayed him and event those that put him to death, saying God forgive them for they know not what they do. I don’t know where you were, the impact it had, or what you have lost because of that day. I am optimistic that even in the midst of such tragedy, God was there, he shed tears, but he was still at work.

I pray for healing for all of you impacted by that day and I ask that you take a minute and say a prayer for all of the people who lost their lives that day?

Matthew 5:44

But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

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