Saturday, September 10, 2011

Remembering September 11, 2001

A nation attacked.  Stunned silence.  Tears flowing unchecked.  Silent gasps for breath.  Eyes that cannot blink or be torn from the screen, lest something is missed.  Frantic e-mails sent to assure of the safety of family and friends.  Fears that other, closer areas of our nation will be attacked.  We live near a major Air Force base... Waiting.  Watching.  Hoping.  Praying.  Please, God!  Protect us and keep us from further harm! 

Sitting on the couch with my young sons after the work and school day was over.  Having to explain to them what happened.  How do you explain what is going on to your children?  How do you protect them from what is happening to your country?  To the world?  You hold them close as you cry, knowing that you cannot protect them.  Nothing is ever under our own control...

For so long we in America have been shielded from this type of terror, while we have watched it happening in the world.  We live in America!  This isn't supposed to happen here! 

That day, those hours, those moments forever changed my country.  We were given a wake up call. We were made to realize that we were not invincible. Yes, we are Americans.  We live in the greatest country on earth.  But we are not invincible.  We may have grown callous, thinking we were safe.  That's what we always believed.  We live in America!  But that one day changed the way we viewed our lives.

We saw so many unthinkable things happen that day, but we also saw the banding together of our nation.  We saw so many acts of heroism.  People thought not only of themselves, but of others.  Patriotism grew.  Flags were flown.  Flags fly still. 

We have been at war.  Many have willingly, selflessly given their time and sometimes even their lives for what they believe is a just cause.  To protect their country.  To protect their families. 

America is in turmoil again.  Ten years after the horrible events of 9/11 we are struggling.  We have been through a recession.  Many have lost their jobs, their homes, life as they know it.  Not only is America changing, so is the world.

Still I am proud, honored even, to be an American!  Thank you Lord for allowing me to be born in the land of the free, the home of the brave.  For the freedoms and privileges that have been given to me, just because I was born in the United States of America! 



  1. Lord I pray you continue to watch over America and it's leaders Lord I pray that they will begin to seek your face like never before...amen

  2. Amen, Desiray. Brings to mind the words of II Chron. 7:14 where God says "IF my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; THEN will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."