Where were YOU on September 11, 2001?

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1

Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!
Psalm 27:14

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Where were YOU on September 11, 2001?
What will you do on September 11, 2011 in tribute?


Barbara H. said...

I had gone to volunteer at my sons' school about 9 am and heard it on the radio on the way. I walked into the school office and said, "Did you hear...?" and they had heard and had a TV set up already to watch coverage. They set a TV up in the gym so students could watch if they wanted to. At least one student was saved that day. (More on my memories of that day here: http://barbarah.wordpress.com/2006/09/11/i-remember/).

A verse that a young man brought up in my son's youth group then was Isaiah 25:4: "For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall."

I'm not sure what we'll do to commemorate except whatever the church is planning -- they haven't said yet if they are doing anything special, though I imagine it will be mentioned at least. My son's school is having a rally that Sunday night but it is at the same time as our evening service. Not sure yet if he is required to be there.

Lisa notes... said...

I wonder how many people turned to the Lord for the first time on that day….

It’s definitely one of those days we all will remember where we were. You and I will tie it with our kids.

And I also tie it to my parents. We had sold our house a few months earlier and were waiting for our new house to be completed, so had moved in with my parents for the interim.

So when we went “home” that day from Domino’s, it was to my parents’ house, which was the house I grew up in. That in itself was comforting.

Anonymous said...

The media is already doing a pretty go job of reminding people of that day as it is a decade since it took place, and decades seem to be more important in marking things for some reason. i will be getting up on that morning, God willing, and many things will be the same, and because of that event and many other things in the passing of time, many things will be different.
As i will surely be reminded of the evil in the world on Sunday, i will also remind my self of the Grace of God that is available to us.

Floyd said...

It's a difficult day for us... It happened on our anniversary, which is the same day my wife's late parent's anniversary was.
It changes things... But we honor the ones who fell, and pray for God's blessings on our country.

tinuviel said...

We were living in Thailand then and had not turned on the tv since the inauguration in January. My dad called early on the morning of September 12 (12 hr time difference) and told me. At first I thought I missed a sentence and he was describing a movie he had seen because those kinds of things don't happen in real life.

We didn't know any Americans in the city at that time, so it was a terribly homesick feeling trying to process our nation's grief and feeling guilty about not being there and not even knowing in real time. Maybe that doesn't make any sense, but in addition to the shock and grief everyone felt, the loneliness is my strongest memory.

The US Embassy held a Veterans' Day service later which we attended. It was an incredible comfort to sing the national anthem, "God Bless America," and "America" with other expatriates.

Besides church, I'm not sure how I will observe the day, but I like your plan to pray for the families and survivors. And surviving first-responders. I might post something, but nothing is written yet.

God bless you, Lisa!

Lisa notes... said...

The media definitely is finding lots to show us already. We saw a few things on Sunday afternoon that were inspiring about heroes, and discouraging about those involved in the plot.

I love your approach, Marie, that as we’re reminded of the evil, we can also remind ourselves that our God’s grace is even bigger, and be grateful that we can claim that.

Ooh, sorry it falls on your anniversary and your in-law’s anniversary. I imagine it makes for a very delicate day trying to balance joy and sorrows…

Lisa notes... said...

How odd it must have felt being in a foreign country on that day. I can imagine that you did experience lonely feelings.

I’m glad you shared that because I haven’t thought of that perspective, and I imagine that there are those who will be out of the country on the 10-year-anniversary who may also experience a lonely feeling to not be here “among us” to reflect on it all again.

May the Lord bless you too! And maybe with a break from PT appointments for awhile? :-)

Beverley said...

I saw the planes hit then i had to leave to collect my children from school (im in the uk) i came back in to the see the first tower and then the second collapse. I hadn't even switched the TV off. On Sunday my daughter heads off to university. Time is a healer but if we continue to pick at the scab it will continue to bleed. Those who died that day was somebody's someone but they now rest with God and the guilty will forever know their sin. RIP


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