“Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.”
Proverbs 3:25-26 (NIV)
September 11, 2001. A day many of us will never forget it. I remember where I was, who I was with, what we were doing. It was like any other day. That morning I was attending a meeting at work. Four other colleagues and I were going over some presentation notes when the door to the boardroom literally burst open.
“Have you heard the news? The twin towers have been bombed! The US is under attack!”
She was speaking so quickly and animatedly we couldn’t begin to understand.
“What? Who’s under attack? Where exactly is the bombing? Calm down woman; we can’t understand what you’re trying to tell us!!!”
Before anyone could digest the news or even respond more coherently, the frantic HR Executive continued by saying she had a relative who worked in one of the towers; the towers that were no longer there. She could only sit and wait as events continued to unfold … because it was impossible to reach anyone.
At first we thought she was joking. It was broad daylight and no-one would dare attack the “US of A”. But the CNN news reports bombarding our television screens and our senses told us otherwise. With tears pouring down her cheeks, all we could do was to sit and wait for news with her.
It was heartbreaking. We saw images of people literally jumping from windows hundreds of feet above the ground, people covered in dust screaming, people walking around dazed and confused; so many people bleeding and crying.
In between the victims were people who weren’t on the inside of the towers trying to find those who had been. We watched speechless, our hearts being pulled out of our chests by thoughtless terrorists; our tears quietly flowing as our eyes followed the police and fire officers along with other support personnel trying to do the best they could under very trying circumstances.
The scenes we witnessed and the stories we heard (of survival, great bravery and courage, human resilience and unfortunately deep loss) over the next few days would never ever be forgotten as we grieved with our fellow human beings over the senseless destruction of so many lives.
In 2011 memories of that day were revisited when I read a touching book entitled “Escape from the World Trade Center” and written by Leslie Haskin, herself a survivor. An honest take on a horrifying experience, you can check it out here or click on the photo.
WHY We Should Remember
In case you are wondering what all the fuss is about and why we should always remember this event (if not only for the fact that we are all human beings here together) it’s because even though our own countries or spaces may not have been directly affected in 2001, the possibility of terrorism affecting every single one of us in the future is a very real threat. So let’s press on.
Today, so many years later yet so many hearts stronger, we remember the thousands of people who not only died physically but also emotionally as a result of this tragedy. We remember the miracles that preserved the lives of those still with us and we hold dear the promises of God: that in the midst of tragedy and affliction, He will keep us and show us not only the importance of healing as well as forgiveness but why it’s always good to be each other’s keeper.
How do you remember 9/11? Where were you when you heard the news? Did you know anyone who happened to be in the Towers on that fateful day? Is it a day you will never forget?
Of course there are several sites where you can read more about this heart breaking tragedy of course but we are starting you off here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks