Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Psalm for 9/11 and a Question

Psa 23:1 ¶ [[A Psalm of David.]] The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Psa 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Psa 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

While listening to the Glen Beck radio program, he asked the question:

Are you a 9/10/2001-er, 9/11/2001-er, or 9/12/2001-er?

It was interesting to note what Glen articulated this morning. He mentioned that he can't even remember where he was, what he did, who he saw, or anything else that happened on 9/10/2001. However, he remembers exactly where he was, what he heard, when he heard it, what his reaction was, who he was with, what range of feelings went through his heart and mind, and how he felt on that fateful day of 9/11/2001.

I can too! Quite vividly, in fact.

I'm sure this is true for almost everyone.

Even though I can't remember such details about last Thursday, I can remember many, many details about that horrific day.

Glen went on to say that he can also remember how he felt and what he did on 9/12/2001.

Can you?

I still can!

It was a range of emotions that I will never forget. I can still picture the scene at the church when two friends and I attended a special service to pray, mourn, cry, repent, and begin to heal.

During his monologue, Glen pointed out that many in our government still live and act with the same mentality that they had before the terrorist attacks on that fateful day. That was probably the most judgmental opinion he shared.

He isn't the only one to do so.

If anyone watched C-Span this morning, the callers were quite varied on their opinions about (and for many - absolute contempt for) our government, too.

As usual, American opinions run the gamut - even seven years later.

I want to encourage people to speak their minds on this topic. I know that can be dangerous, because harsh opinions and comments are bound to be shared. Please try to keep your comments civil.

Glen was much more general and less judgmental when he stated something similar to the fact that 'others live their lives in the tragedy of that day - whatever that means to each individual.'

Still others, he stated, 'live in the 9/12/2001 mentality' - which, again, can mean different things to different people.

How do you live?

Where (emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually speaking) do you live today?

Are you a 9/10/2001-er, 9/11/2001-er, or 9/12/2001-er?

What does that mean to you, personally?

Former related posts with additional links:

Remembering September 11, 2001

9/11 Survivor Sense of Urgency to Share Gospel


Susan Smith said...

Christine said, “I want to encourage people to speak their minds on this topic.”

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Much love to my brothers and sisters in Jesus the Messiah. (ss)

Matt W. said...

honestly, I don't really remember much about 9/12/01, but I think that any of us who are old enough have had 9/11/01 seared into our minds, so deeply that we will never forget the details.

I may have shared this with you last year, I can't remember for sure. 9/11/01 started just like any normal day. We were watching some show we had recorded on a video tape when my sister-in-law called to tell us something was happening that we needed to see. She was confused and didn't know what was going on. As soon as I turned off the VCR, and saw what was on the news, I knew what had happened. We had been attacked. I will never forget that feeling.

Christinewjc said...

Dear Susan,

Thank you so much for sharing that awesome Bible verse. With the election looming, and huge, life-changing decisions being made for our state of CA and the nation, it is good to be reminded of the power of prayer!

God bless you!


Christinewjc said...


I was standing in the kitchen making breakfast for my two (then) high school aged children when I saw the first plane hit. I thought it may have been an accident - plane failure or pilot error. In the back of my mind, though, I wondered if it was done on purpose?

By the time my kids got to the table to eat, the second plane hit the towers. It was then that I knew it was terrorism.

The day only got worse...far worse.