Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Remembering 9/11 (Blog Hop)

It's interesting that this Blog Hop about September 11 coincides with the release of the new Max Lucado book, Fearless. Many of us had given little thought to terrorism on American soil until that day, and now it's a regular part of our newscasts.

I don't want to get into this topic from a political angle. I'm sure that others will, and that's fine; it's just not where I'd like to go with it. I think this is the "Where were you when ..." question of my generation, so I'd like to share my own answer to that question.

I've lived my whole life in New Jersey, but rarely visit New York City. However, just a few days before September 11, my family had visited the Liberty Science Center. It's in Jersey City, New Jersey, and has (or had, at that time) an outdoor area for viewing the Manhattan skyline. It was the first time that my son, who was not quite four years old, had seen it. I remember pointing out the Twin Towers to him. Who knew that, a few days later, they wouldn't be there?

After we left the science center, we stopped at Newark Airport. We walked to the terminal and watched the planes take off and land. Who knew that, a few days later, some of the terrorists would take off from that very airport?

On the morning of September 11, I remember noticing just how beautiful and clear the skies were. Next thing I knew, my husband called me to say that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I was torn between watching the TV news and avoiding it so that my son wouldn't see the story unfold. I also didn't want him to see me crying at what was happening.

Our local TV stations are from New York City, and some of them went off the air. Their transmitters were on one of the towers. My son was sad that he couldn't watch his favorite show on PBS, because that station went off the air.

The phone rang several times. Our family members who had been adults during World War II were the most shocked. I think they knew--better than the rest of us--what the following weeks, months, years would bring. My parents were out of state, and we hoped (despite all the speculation in the news) that they would be able to get home.

It was a time of fear and uncertainty. But through it all, and especially in retrospect, we can take comfort in knowing that God is still in control. Although we may not understand why things happen as they do, we know that God is infinitely wise and infinitely good. In both the Old Testament and the New Testament, we find assurance that God is always with us.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:5b-6)




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4 comments :

  1. Thank you for sharing your 9/11 story. I still find myself in shock and disbelief that someone could actually do something so horrible.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this...
    9/11 will always be in everyone's heart.
    Hope you are doing great!

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  3. Thank you for sharing and remembering.

    Here's mine
    http://allthingsmadebykelly.blogspot.com/2009/09/blog-hop-tuesday-remembering-911.html

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