Unbelievable; that is all I have to say about the state of United States of America. At a time when we should be paying respect to those who lost their lives seven years ago and making preparations for what could be the worst hurricane to ever hit the country-stories about various aspects of lipstick, pigs and other meaningless political ploys fill the airwaves. What is wrong with this country?
Other than Pearl Harbor, no single day's events so altered life in these United States more than this date in 2001. Anyone old enough to remember, knows exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. Everyone remembers the tightening of muscles and growing anxiety as one image after another flooded the television screens across this country and no one knew what was coming next. Was the entire country under attack? Which city would be targeted next? What should I do? What about the kids at school?
The tragedy of 9-11 certainly accomplished its desired effect which was to produce terror among people. Not only that, the economic shockwaves took months and years to recover from. Unlike Pearl Harbor though, there was no visible enemy to declare war on. There was no country responsible for the attack. There was only an organization of terrorists living in a backwards country in Asia with no feasible way to be tracked down and brought to justice.
Those who perished seven years ago have been memorialized on this day ever since. This is the least that can be done on behalf of thousands of innocent people who lost their lives in the course of just "doing their job". Politics have prevented a physical memorial to arise from the ashes of the twin towers, and have turned the "war on terror" into a political football. Yet, for many Americans, this day represents a scar that will never heal and always be there as a stark reminder of how quickly life as we know it can change.
As much as I remember first hearing about the attacks sitting in a dentist chair, my mouth numb and afraid the dentist would drill my mouth instead of my tooth as he heard the news; I remember more the trip I had to make a few hours later. I had a long standing doctor's appointment in downtown St. Louis with a cardiologist scheduled that day. I called expecting to be told not to come, but to the contrary was told to show up or be billed for a missed appointment.
I made the long 90 minute drive glued to the car radio the whole time. I was struck by the lack of traffic on the Interstates and the eeriness of everything. Once to the Medical Center, there was no problem finding a parking space and there was little activity in general. Mainly there were patients more concerned about their physical condition than their country's.
There were security people everywhere. I honestly thought there had been a bomb threat to the facility by the number of armed and uniformed security people around. The doctor was unimpressed with all going on. He did not understand why people in St. Louis should be so freaked out by things happening in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. He was obviously upset at the number of cancelations and lost income from the day's events.
For days, most of America stopped what they were doing and every spare minute watched the non-stop coverage on television of what was happening. We learned quickly that there would be no more attacks; so the country could breathe a collective sigh of relief. We worried though about what was to come next. Our collective feeling of invincibility had been shattered, as it was proven this country was not immune to attacks from outsiders.
Seven years later we are still here. We have our problems in this country, but we survived. Good, bad or otherwise; the war on terror has prevented any further attacks on this country. We enjoyed a season of prosperity and now a season of turmoil. But, through it all we have endured, for that is what the United States of America is all about. Through various wars and economic depressions, through assassinations and impeachments of presidents and unprecedented natural disasters; the United States lives on as the greatest country in the world.
Those who say this country is broken do not understand the very heart and soul of this great nation. America is not some third world country who can thrown into a state of civil disorder in a day by the words or actions of its dictator. America has lived and endured for 232 years as the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Most countries in this world would have never recovered from a 9-11 experience. The United States not only recovered, but became stronger through it. The sacrifice voluntarily made by the hundreds of thousands of men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan to root out and destroy those intent on destroying us have preserved our freedom and allowed us to persevere.
Not only is this a day to remember those who perished seven years ago, it should be a day to give thanks for those who have given their lives ever since trying to keep another 9-11 from happening. A deeply grateful nation should put aside its politics for a day and united in its sympathy for the victims of the attacks seven years ago, and those who stepped up to fight for to defend us from further attacks ever since.
I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing. I was at work talking to an outside sales person who was watching it on the news. my employer had tried to keep it from the employees at first but it was leaking in from outsiders calling loved ones at work and others that were comming into the plant. I felt a sickness like I've never known and I just wanted to leave and gather my family together or as many of them as I could reach. My employer finally anounced over the intercom what was going on and they told us any that wanted to leave it would not count against their attendance. Most left including myself. I gathered my children and grandchildren that were close enough to reach and we watched in horror of the aweful thing that had been done and for the first time in our lives realized the United States of America was as vaunrable to attack as any other country and for a moment experienced a fear I had never known!! Then I wept and prayed for God to protect this country, be with those in the midst of this horror and their families and thanked for being our strength in the midst of it all.
It is indeed a day I will never forget.
It's truly a tragedy what has happened to this country. First the former and then the next. We mourn for all the lost lives and tragedy to private property. All the pain and the mourning- what a day- 9/11. But for some it's a victorious day where they are certain they now have a reason to hate someone even a whole nation foreign to us. In Exodus 33:18, moses is quoted to ask God, now show me your glory!
And God said in 33:19, I will make the name of the Lord be known in front of you. I will have loving kindness and pity on whom ever I will, for anyone I will...
Certainly the flesh cherishes the fact that it now can hate some one for a godly reason saying, look what they did to us? God has better things in mind in preaching the gospel and polarizing your heart where your heart needs to go next will not mix for a Gospel Bringer, God is not interested in political parties or boudaries of nations or nationalities, no matter what they done.
Certainly we don't condone acts of terrorism, but since God decided to forgive the Ninevites in the past, although they were the worst of sinners, I certainly not going to start a hate campaing to where I want to take the gopel next.
Jesus said, my food is to do the will of God and finish his work...
Certainly the Japanese did not have party when we bombed Nagasaki and Heroshima with the glory of our technology, how many infant we must of killed and civilians who had not part in the hate for us.
The apostle Paul said, I will have not glory, cept' the fact of Jesus crucified our sins...That's the glory of God, his mercy and forgivenes, and the example we should follow. Amen
The thing that struck me about this blog was how you started it by pointing out how flippant our news media seems to be to this date and it's significance in our lives.
For me today is one of many days that stands out in my mind and heart. I lived in Europe during a rather unsettled year in European history. In the span of a few months, the Tianamen square massacre happened, the Berlin wall came down, and Czechoslovakia ceased to exist as we knew it. As a young American with little world experience or knowledge, it was terrifying to realize that the riots and violence at the Berlin wall were less than six hours away from me and three of my coworkers were in the middle of it all. It was disheartening to see the memorials to the victims of the Tianmen Square massacre on the steps to the Chinese embassy as I walked to work. And it was beyond my comprehension the day I walked into a car bombing just a few blocks from my home.
For me, 9/11 wasn't just the pictures from the tv that are seared into my brain or the changes that have occured in our country since that day. I've smelled the smoke from the rubble of a bomb ... I've felt the sting of things falling from the sky on me ... I've seen the flowers laid at the curb ...
And I've wrestled with those things for years ...
For me, 9/11 isn't a testament to our nations ability to survive and move on. It's a testament to the power of God and His Love for mankind. Because we have seen the evil that men can do, and in some cases we have experienced that evil first hand ... and yet we are still here, held close in His arms surrounded by His love.