Remembering 9-11 - beautiful music by Enya

Saturday, September 11, 2010

I remember the shock of 9-11...
I direct a prayer ministry and about 6 AM I got a phone call (I live in California). It was from a local carpenter I know, urgently saying, "There's some kind of F---ing war on! - a plane just crashed into the World trade Center in New York!"

You know - that language is not in my typical prayer request - but it seemed spot-on for that day. As the days wore on I was impressed that he got the gist of it right from the very first moments - right after the first plane crashed into the tower.

May all of the families who lost someone that day be comforted and blessed....

That first morning - I didn't have the heart to tell my kids what had happened. I don't normally listen to morning news - so I didn't want to break our normal loving serenity. I thought, "They will know soon enough - let's have one more normal morning."

And on the next day, September 12, of course life was now different. We all knew... And I understood why, for the first time, that some mothers in France or Belgium or Holland feed chocolate to their children for breakfast. Life is short, life is precious - it can change in an instant. Eat your chocolate now. Celebrate life and love and family now - at the beginning of the day...

So I fed my kids some wonderful chocolate waffles for breakfast (first time ever) ...There was a feeling of redeeming the sweetness of life anyway I could... to embrace them and the precious days...each day is so precious...The chocolate is only a symbol that says "Austerity has no place in my feelings for you...I celebrate you as my children and my family..."

And now - years later - I only rarely have a chocolate waffle or crepe for breakfast and I make it with cocoa powder and with mostly stevia so it isn't really all that decadent. But it still feels like an extravagant celebration of life and love and family - with fresh strawberries on top....

I've "always" been on a diet as an adult - but in the three weeks or so after 9-11 - I just didn't give a damn about those things...

Love to all,


PS. I saw this video and it helped me to tap into the deep feeling to pray once again for those families and souls...But - if your children are young...there is no need to bring them into this...Instead make them a lovely breakfast, and go out and celebrate the day with love and laughter. But in your own heart - give especially deep thanks to God for another beautiful day with your family.

Remembrance - "Only Time"

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