I was getting ready for work….
I was living in Western Ohio and was working out of my home, so I had on the NBC Today show while I finished getting dressed. Suddenly I heard a strange tone in Katie Couric’s voice. A plane had run into one of the Twin Towers in NYC. Confusion-what kind of plane…could there be survivors? I sat on the bed and watched in horror as the second plane headed into the World Trade Towers. On my tiny bedroom screen it looked like a small prop plane…..but it wasn’t a small plane at all!
As the story unfolded I was transfixed. Within a few moments a horrible thought–was a plane heading for DC? My niece, an intern for a Maryland State Senator was working on Capital Hill at that moment. I quickly called her mom and was told no one could get through to Sarah, but the Capital and surrounding government buildings were being evacuated. At that moment, I lost a sense of security in the United States. I had always believed we were invincible, impenetrable, unconquerable, but suddenly all that changed. I was engulfed by the fear of the unknown.
I immediately called a few friends and asked them to pray for Sarah and her safety. I spent some time praying–for her, for those in the collapsed buildings, for the irreplaceable lives and things. I found comfort in seeing a nation of people jump into action so quickly. I found comfort in the calm way President Bush informed the nation of the attack. But the best relief came when I finally heard that Sarah had gotten out of the city safely.
That day is forever etched in my mind and millions of others. I visited the site of the tragedy a few years later–it was only a huge cavernous hole. Last year on another trip to NYC, I visited the site again and saw all the construction for the new memorial being unveiled this weekend. We couldn’t see much through the fencing, but could feel the charged atmosphere.
Many people lost so much that day. Perhaps you lost someone dear to you. Perhaps you were one of those who waited anxiously for news of a loved one. Many lost a whole day as we watched for hours and hours. Maybe you have lost a sense of trust in our government. Maybe you have a fear or distrust of the stranger in our midst. That day changed this country–and I know it changed me.
On this anniversary, say a prayer for those still suffering from the huge loss that day. Pray for our country to regain its focus and pray that we all would rest safely in the hands of our Creator!
What did you lose? What do you remember? What do you share with your children about September 11? Would you mind sharing a few thoughts with all of us? Thanks!