Today the United States of America marks fifteen years since the horrible terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In many ways “Nine-Eleven” seems like just yesterday, and in other ways, it seems a lifetime ago. This is a day we will always remember where we were, what we were doing, how we felt – and how it changed us forever as individuals, and as a nation.
Despite the crushing tragedy, there were miracles, there were angels and there was a power that descended upon our nation that forced us to our knees, and drew us closer to each other and to our God. We were humbled – and we leaned upon His mighty arm to carry us through the darkness.
Nine Eleven created a climate of intense patriotism and prayer. We sang “God Bless America” with our whole hearts, and we were a little kinder and a little gentler. It was a time of martyrs and heroes, and as the years have progressed, stories of hope, faith and courage continue to emerge.
Below are three wonderful videos that include stories of loss, hope, victory, and music of peace. I pray that we will all be a little kinder and a little better this day, and every day as we Remember.
Victor, a 9-11 Survivor.
Stories of Loss and Hope From September 11
“We can overcome our fears and face the future with faith..” – Russell M. Nelson
No matter what happens to us in this life, the Lord is mindful of us. We can rise from the ashes and be strong and find meaning.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Tom Brokaw
God is there. When we remember Him, He can work mighty changes for good in us.
Last year I shared the following sentiments, and I think – in light of our current political climate – these words hold even more weight today, so I will conclude with this.
Today, let us Remember what it means to be a human family.
Let us stand true and strong in our faith.
Let us be humble in our hearts and closer to our God, so that it does not take another tragedy to force us to be humble and grateful for our existence.
Let us each strive to bring peace, kindness and goodness to this earth in whatever corner we currently live.
Let’s say a little prayer of gratitude today for our life and blessings.
Let’s help the world be a little better today, and do something kind for someone else.
God bless us , every one. – MoSop
My memories of 9-11 are very different. I was doing volunteer medical work in the rain forest of Honduras. The only person with a radio was out of the jungle, so I heard about it when he returned. I had plane reservation to return home 10 days later. Those dear people fearing for my safety begged to remain, since it is safe with us in the forest, since we have nothing the world would want to steal. I ws overcome with tears as they waived me on my way.
Wow Boyd, thanks for sharing that sweet memory.
What a wonderful tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11. I remember standing in the break room at work with several others watching the little TV and seeing the first tower burning and then seeing the second plane fly into the other tower. We were all so horrified that no one could say a word. We just stood in silence, stunned. And then, when the first tower fell, we all knew it was just a matter of time before the second one would. It wasn’t until later, at home, as I watched the constant coverage and heard so many of the stories that came out of that fateful day, that the magnitude of what had happened really hit me. Our age of feeling safe was over, never to return again.
The only way to actually be safe is to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Then, no matter what anyone does to your body, you will be safe in the arms of the Lord.
Love you Holly, Lynne
Amen Lynne – thanks!