Remembering September 11, 2001

It is hard to believe that 11 years ago our nation came to a complete stop.  Well, not everyone.  A significant number of first responders sprang into action.  They went in as others were rushing out. Men and women in our Armed Forces did the same thing at the Pentagon.  And the heroes on Flight 93 took the first action in a conflict against a stealthy enemy.  Our world has not been the same since.  We watched our TVs in stunned disbelief.  We heard that the skies were being cleared of all civilian air traffic.  We witnessed military aircraft patrolling the skies over our homeland.  Many of us made the pilgrimage to Ground Zero to see for ourselves that the massive buildings were indeed no longer there.  And as a nation we turned to God.  Sadly, that didn’t even last a year.  Our own tax dollar supported PBS documentary asked the question just a year later, “Where was God?”  Where was God on that fateful day? How could God allow these events? Or, “Religion drove those buildings into the ground.”  Allow me to share my view.  Evil, wicked, God-defying people caused the carnage of that day.  And as for where God was?  How about limiting the loss of life on that day?  Just think, buildings that on a normal work day would contain upwards of 50,000 people, yet under 3,000 lost their life that day.  While we mourn the senseless loss of life, I choose to look at the miracle.  I choose to focus on those who bravely risked their own life trying to save others.  And I thank the brave men and women of our Armed Forces still putting it all on the line to give me the liberty to share my thoughts with you today. Don’t ever take this liberty for granted.