A Moment in My Life – Friday, September 11, 2020
As I remember 911, the tears well up, my chest tightens, my body and mind go numb from the memory of this unthinkable, horrific tragedy that changed our lives forever. I still can’t fathom the massive destruction caused by this one atrocious act.
Today, as I remember, I keep thinking of Genesis 50:20. It says, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.” I thought of this verse because we are living proof of this. There was so much devastation, so many lives destroyed, insurmountable scars left behind, but we survived through it all. This tragedy brought out the good in people. People from all over came together, risking their lives to search for and rescue survivors, put out the fires, tend to the wounded, provide shelter and provisions, donate whatever was needed, provide prayers, comfort, support, and lend a helping hand wherever possible. Nothing separated us. Not the color or our skin. Not our religious beliefs. Not our political views. We were one nation under God working together to restore what was taken from us and help each other put the pieces back together as much as possible.
We need this remembrance today more than ever before. Somewhere along the line, we forgot that we are all in this together and that we are better and stronger working together. Underneath our exterior uniqueness, we are made the same with all the same components.
Today, I honor the memory of the fallen and all those whose lives were impacted. We can never go back. We can only move forward and live each day the best that we can to honor their memories positively.