Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11

It is hard to believe 12 years have passed since 9/11 (and since I was a freshman in college!). Every year about this time we honor those who fought the terrorists and became instant heroes whether they wanted to or not. Several specials have ran on TV about that dreadful day and Alan Jackson’s song “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?“, commemorating that day has played more often than usual this week.

But what will happen a week from now? Those who were personally affected from this tragedy will still think about it, but they do every day of the year as it has unfortunately become a huge part of their lives. Just like I think about cancer and Alzheimer’s since both played a role in taking the life of my Papa, whom I love so dearly. This day, like April 1 for me (when Papa went to heaven), will forever bring chills down their spine, causing them to say a pray and take a deep breath just to get out of bed that morning.

Sadly, most of us will focus our attention back on football games, what we plan on doing for Halloween, and starting our Holiday Season shopping sprees. I must admit I am as guilty of this as any. But this year I want to make it a point to remember those who have to live with the tragedy of 9/11 every day of the year, every year, for the rest of their lives.

This includes the family members who lost loved ones, the New York residents who saw everything first hand, and the firefighters, policemen and journalists who amid all the ruckus and chaos put their emotions to the back burner and stepped it up to become mighty heroes. Anyone and everyone affected by this dreadful tragedy needs our prayers as much today as they do on 9/11—in 2001 or today.

Please join me in committing to saying a special prayer for all those who deal with this on a regular basis. Also, make it a point to pray for these precious people any and every time that something reminds you of 9/11. Maybe it’s the 11th day of any month, whenever you fly, a mention of New York’s skyscrapers, or the word “terrorism.”

For me, it is seeing our American flag, hearing about terrorists and the Middle East, or even remembering where I was “when the world stopped turning.” I was in my first class of the day at Bevill State Community College. My husband remembers being a senior at Fayette County and making plans for his 18th birthday the next day. Chances are, everyone reading this who is at least 20 (maybe younger) remembers where you were and what you were doing that day when you first heard the news.

So join me in praying for these people who endure such a tragedy, as their lives were forever changed that day. (And I know from personal experience that time does not ever completely heal all wounds.) Also, pray for those who hurt our nation and our people. They perhaps need prayer the most, because they are truly in need of a Savior. The Bible instructs us to “Love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you.”

Please feel free to share what prompts you to think about this day and pray for everyone affected. Where were you when the world stopped turning?

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