Sep11SunSeptember 11, 2016
“If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.” Ps 130:3-4
We remember that Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, when our nation came under attack by the terrorist group known as Al-Qaeda. It was a tragic, somber day that forever changed the way we live in the United States of America. For many it became apparent just how vulnerable we are as a nation. We are the wealthiest, most powerful, advanced nation in the world and yet within 77 minutes we were basically brought to knees as nineteen (19) men hijacked four (4) airliners and struck us at the core of our strength – World Trade Center (financial), Pentagon (Military Defense) and was heading towards either the White House or State Capitol (Government) except for some brave, heroic passengers who sacrificed their own lives to prevent a fourth (4th) strike.
We remember because that attack which was meant to punish us as a nation actually united us as a nation. The solidarity became clearly evident as people, instead of burning the flag, began waving the flag and displaying them on homes, cars, businesses and other places. Many began praying and attending Church services. Congress, the White House, and Supreme Court were united as a result of this savage attack. The American People for the most part came together in defense of our nation and national pride (in a good sense) began to emerge.
We remember as we recall the horrific pictures shown by the media, unbiased, displaying the heroic efforts of first responders rushing into the twin towers to rescue as many people as they possibly could from the inflamed buildings that would eventually collapse destroying all who did not escape. With 2,996 killed and more than 6,000 injured, we watched in horror, while our enemies watched in delight.
We remember what happened fifteen (15) years ago because our enemies refuse to let us forget. Since 9/11 we have experienced at least 13 terror attacks, approximately 94 killed, and many injuries. Our response to terror as a nation has been divided, but nevertheless the threat remains. Terrorist groups have metastasized and have become more violent, have more resources, and an effective networking strategy/ideology that requires military action, but most of all, God’s intervention. We remember.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” Ps 33:12