September 11

A Day I’ll Never Forget – September 11

September 11

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It was a wonderful fall day in Raleigh.  I was staying home while Cindy was working.  Sophie was days shy of being three months old, and was still an itty-bitty little baby.  I was sitting in Cindy’s rocking chair, feeding Sophie, when Cindy called and told me about the crash and had me turn on the TV.

I’ll never forget that for as long as I live.  I remember watching, mesmerized, as I saw the planes crash into the Towers.  I remember hearing of other hijackings of other planes.  I remember hearing of the heroic efforts by the passengers of the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania — they knew they were going to die, but they also knew that this was an attack, and they weren’t going to sit by and wait for it to happen again.

I remember hearing how the airlines were all grounded — every single plane — and jumping ahead a bit, I remember being at Lowes several days later when I first saw a plane in the sky again.  It was so odd to see after so long of not seeing any aircraft.

Back to September 11.  I remember that Sophie and I were supposed to have lunch with our friend Lisa, and when I called Lisa, we both wondered if it was safe to go and still have lunch.  In the end, we decided that yes, we would have lunch, that there were far more important places than Raleigh to attack, and that we shouldn’t let this stop us from doing what we would normally do.  We shouldn’t let the Terrorists win like that.

I remember holding Cindy when she got home from work that day.  I remember the three of us hugging it out, locking our doors, we were afraid.  I’ll never forget Cindy telling me that she wanted Sophie to sleep between us that night.  She wanted to make absolutely certain that her baby was safe from the world.

Cindy’s cousin Jeannie lives in New York.  She worked at the World Trade Center.  She was supposed to be there that morning — but something went “wrong” at home, so she decided to work from home that day.  Never has something so “wrong” been so right.

My prayers are still with all of those that lost loved ones.  My prayers are still with all of the countries affected.  There were so many innocent lives lost that day because of a bunch of crazy people that are burning in Hell right now.  My prayers are still with our leaders, our country, all of us.

September 11, 2001 is a day when the world became a much more dangerous place.  Gone were the days of playing outside during the summer vacation.  Gone were the days when you could not lock your door.  Gone was the innocence of our children.

Where were you on September 11, 2001?  What do you remember about that day?

May God have Mercy on all of us, and on all of those that lost their lives that day.

September 11th, 11 years later

English: World Trade Center, New York, aerial ...

English: World Trade Center, New York, aerial view March 2001. Français : Le World Trade Center à New York. Vue aérienne datant de mars 2001. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I think back on how much time has elapsed since the world was altered on September 11, 2001, it astonishes me that it has been eleven years since that fateful day. In so many ways it seems like it just happened, but at the same time, it feels like it was a lifetime ago. I guess in many ways it was a lifetime ago for many of us.

I’ll never forget where I was when disaster struck. I was at home with Sophie; she was eleven weeks old, and I was off taking care of her.  We were at home, and I was feeding her when my wife called, told me to turn on the TV, that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center.  I watched, horrified, as a second plane crashed into the other tower, and couldn’t take my eyes off as I saw the towers collapse later on.

My wife had a cousin that worked at the World Trade Center.  She was supposed to be there at 9AM for work, but decided to get some work done at home that morning instead.  I’m always amazed at how God chose a different path for her that day.

That night, Cindy and I went to bed with our little baby in our bed with us; we had a reminder that the world is not as safe as we thought, and we wanted to make sure that she was as protected as she could possibly be.  It is in times like that one that this John 16:33 comforts me as nothing else can:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – Jesus Christ

In the days after that horrific day, part of me felt like the country was in a daze, moving on, but only because we were supposed to.  Remember how the planes were grounded?  For me, that was hard, because my Grandpa was a mechanic for United Airlines for 41 years, and I grew up around airports and planes when I was younger.  I remember, I was in the parking lot for our local Lowes home improvement store when I glanced up, and there was a plane flying.  It was a weird moment, almost like there was something there that shouldn’t have been.

Today is a day to remember, to pray for those that lost loved ones, to pray for God to comfort us, to strengthen us, to give that incredible sense of Peace that knowing Him can give, and to remember how that day felt to those that lived through it, lest we forget that day entirely.  In tribute to the men and women that we lost that day, I want to share a YouTube video that I hope you will enjoy.