On September 11, 2001, hijackers flew planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and crashed a plane in Pennsylvania, in the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Nearly 3,000 people were killed that morning. The events are permanently etched in our minds of burning buildings and billowing smoke. A gut-wrenching, heart-breaking day that changed our nation and our world. Every American old enough at the time remembers where he or she was and what they were doing. This terrible tragedy touched our generation in much the same way the attack on Pearl Harbor did the previous generation.
Stunned and shocked we saw the worst of humanity, but we also witnessed the best of humanity. That part of humanity that expressed great courage and valor. That part of humanity that reached out to each other in comfort and hope. That part of humanity that reflected God’s love in our hearts and spirits, from which we can never be separated.
God’s love was manifested as we watched through tear-filled eyes the heroism of American firefighters and police officers as they bravely laid down their lives to rescue total strangers. God’s love was seen in the people who stood in block-long lines to give blood to help the injured. God’s love was expressed in the millions of dollars donated to the relief efforts. God’s love was voiced in our prayers that filled the air for precious lives lost and their grief-stricken families. God’s love persevered in the dedicated rescue workers searching hours on end through the rubble and dust, first for survivors and later for bodies. God’s love held our nation together in unity and love against the evil intentions that were perpetrated against us that frightening day.
Sunday, September 11, marks the 10th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our nation. Join your church family during worship as we remember the events of that day and claim the grace and love God offers us as we look to the future.
In His Word,
Reverend Dee Dee