September 11, 2012

Thoughts on Remembering…

On the way home from dropping the girls off at school this morning I was listening to Fox News on the radio. Today is the 11-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States of America. As they shared portions of the actual footage from that dreadful day I couldn’t help but cry and remember. Here’s part of what I wrote eleven years ago:

Where were you on September 11, 2001?  Like most Americans I imagine that you can probably recite where you were and exactly what you were doing when the horrible terrorists attacks on our country began to unfold.  The morning of September 11th at approximately 8:40am I boarded a USAir flight out of Buffalo heading to Albany.  Our flight landed at Albany airport at 9:35am and we all deboarded the plane with absolutely no knowledge of what we would come to find out.  I will never forget the overwhelming sense of fear and sorrow I felt as I watched the horrific acts of hate on the United States.  These historic events changed not only New York City’s beautiful skyline, but the spirit of our nation as well.  In the days and weeks since then, extraordinary stories of hope and heartbreak as well as amazing acts of bravery have flooded our newspapers, magazines, and televisions.  In our country’s darkest hour, ordinary, everyday people courageously went above and beyond the call of duty.  The countless valiant acts touched the lives of millions and America’s new heroes arose from the smoldering ashes.  Our nation and the entire world will never be the same. What do you remember? And what do you do with what you remember? I write. That’s what I do to help myself remember moments in life that I don’t want to forget. Today, as I listened and cried…and remembered, I couldn’t help but pray. And maybe, that’s exactly what God wanted me to do.

Pray for our country.

Pray for all the families who still suffer and grieve as a result of what happened that day.

Pray for the hearts of all who dwell upon our soil to turn back to God.

Pray for all the men and women who fight for freedom and those who pay the ultimate price to defend our country.

Pray for mercy.

Pray for forgiveness.

Pray that God would protect us from the enemy.

The list is endless. I don’t understand – but I choose to trust God anyway.

What about you? Will you pray with me?

When you remember, will you choose to run to God?  

Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, you his servants, the descendants of Israel, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob. He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth. 1 Chronicles 16:11-14