Sunday, September 11, 2011
It's hard to imagine now what life was like before the tragic event that unfolded before our eyes ten years ago today. Our facade of safety and security was shattered in a few horrifying moments as two planes crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Not only was the skyline of a great city changed forever, but the veneer of invincibility slipped away from most of us in our country.
Many people will say many things about that event. Some will try to politicize it, or use it as a means to polarize varous groups of people. Others see it as a sign of God's judgement. Regardless of your or my perception of what happened on that day, the world in which find ourselves has radically changed, and we have become more sensitive to those changes that are taking place around us.
Those of us who were old enough to remember can probably still remember where we were and what we were doing when we first heard the news or saw the pictures on our television screens. It has become a watershed moment for those of us who witnessed it from afar.
While our pain and anguish may be frustrating or difficult to explain, let us always remember that there were over 3,000 lives that were forever altered in those moments. Children were forced to grow up without one of or in few cases, both of their parents. Widows and Widowers alike were created in this event. In essence, it is those who lost loved ones on that day that are most keenly impacted by such an event that desperately need our prayers and continued compassion.
Hopefully, we learned a few things about ourselves and our nation through those moments. The greatest hope that can be born out of the ashes of this nightmare is that those of us who remain choose not to forget the sacrifice of those we have lost, and to live in a manner that honors their memory.
In the midst of such immense emotional pain, there is always One Who is willing to offer us comfort and hope in the midst of pain and despair.