Nineteen years ago on September 11th, I walked into my office building. The security guard looked flustered. “They flew into the Twin Towers.”
I hadn’t heard any news en route to work that morning, so asked what she was talking about. I rushed to my desk to turn on my computer and saw the horrors of 9-11 on my screen: planes crashing into towers, towers crumbling from the impact, people jumping out of windows to their deaths.
Then we began hearing about the heroes of that horrific day.
- Firefighters who risked their lives to rescue people stranded on upper floors of the Twin Towers.
- Jason Thomas (right), who was dropping his daughter off at his mother’s in Long Island when he heard what had transpired. A former Marine sergeant who had been out of the Corps for a year, he changed into the Marine Corps uniform still sitting in his trunk, and sped toward Manhattan, where he and others worked tirelessly for the next two and a half weeks to rescue survivors.
- Policemen who searched the rubble for survivors and kept others away from the devastated area.
- A cousin of my sister-in-law’s, who would have been on the 81st floor of one of those Towers except for running a bit late that morning. He and others loved and supported their employees through the tragedy, also sharing the comfort only Christ can give.
- Todd Beamer who led passengers on Flight 93 to fight back when they realized the plane had been hijacked to attack the Pentagon. They, and all 44 passengers aboard the plane, gave their lives when the plane crash landed on a Pennsylvania field rather than into the Pentagon.
- Husbands, wives, parents, children who posted pictures of their loved ones in hopes of finding them – in a hospital, with amnesia, even in a morgue; and many others.
We watched the New York Port Authority, the Police, Firefighters, Marines, and every day civilians work together to rescue survivors and recover bodies.
On 9-11 we promised never to forget!
And once again today, when our country is deeply divided and experiencing rioting, a pandemic, looting, fires, floods, murders and anti-freedom activists, we have heroes, many unsung. Let’s remember to pray for, and to thank those who are sacrificing for the good of our nation–firefighters, police, the military, medical personnel, pastors, and many other heroes who are working to bring relief where they can.
The words of Martin Luther’s old hymn still speak truth and hope, hope that goes beyond this life to the next.
1 O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home.
3 Before the hills in order stood, or earth received her frame,
From everlasting thou art God, to endless years the same.
4 O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come,
Be thou our guide while life shall last, And our eternal home.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise–in God I trust and am not afraid.Psalm 56:3-4a