It’s been 13 years since September 11, 2001.
One of the most vivid memories from my childhood is sitting in my 5th grade classroom, watching the next-door teacher walk in and lead us to the cafeteria for an announcement.
She looked scared.
Nobody though much of it. But, as we walked into the cafeteria, surrounded by teachers with tears running down their faces, we knew something big was happening. Something terrible.
I’ll never forget the face of one teacher in particular. Her name was Mrs. Bolding, and she was the “mean” teacher in our grade. She was bawling. I’d never seen such an intimidating woman look so vulnerable and broken.
They told us what had happened and that we’d be leaving school early that day. For a group of 10-year-olds, a lot of the tragedy was hard to comprehend.
One thing we knew for sure: nothing would ever be the same.
I cannot believe it’s been 13 years. That one event was such a big part of my childhood. For the next 2-3 years, it seemed to overshadow every news cast, television program and church service.
The entire country was scared, confused and angry.
And now, here we are.
Thirteen years later, the entire country is once again coming together to remember those we lost.
It’s days like today when I really question the entire premise of this blog.
How do you follow Jesus when the real world can be such a dark place?
How do you keep your focus on His glory and His promises when the entire country – the entire world – is breaking.
Our hearts are hurting and, on that day, for those months and years following, it seemed like God had looked the other way.
United We Stand
But then, as always, He broke through the storm.
We came together as a nation to mourn those we lost and to celebrate what we had remaining.
For the first time in a long time, the entire country turned their eyes upward.
Here are just a few of the ways the nation is honoring September 11th.
And if you live in Dallas, Texas, you received an extra treat this morning.
Mixed in with the number of “Never Forget” social media posts, my friends from across the metroplex were posting pictures of their view of the North Texas sky this morning.
From a double rainbow
To the most beautiful sunrise we’ve seen in a while
I walked out the door of my apartment, looked up, and received instant peace.
The forecast has called for rain all day, and from where I stood in the middle of DFW, I was able to see the edge of the thunderstorm. The place where the darkness stopped so beauty and light could break through.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
– John 16:33
We are not in this alone. He has not turned His back on us. This is fight is not over.
We are allowed to grieve and scream and doubt. Why? Because His light will always break through.
Even in the midst of the worst thunderstorm, the sunlight is always just on the other side of the clouds.
Photo Credit: Anthony Quintano
Are you doing something special in remembrance of 9/11? Leave a comment letting me know where you were on September 11th, 2001.
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