Take a Day to Remember and Honor Local Responders
When I was planning my blog posts for this week, I thought I would share a new recipe for a What I Ate Wednesday post, but then I realized that today is September 11. It seems like the significance of this date is fading, but I am not ready to let it go.
I’ve shared about my experience on September 11, 2001–how moments before the news broke I was in Walmart buying a new Bible, how I left my kids at school where I knew they were safe, how I worried about friends who worked at the Pentagon, how I waited for my husband to be released from work so we could all be together, how I put that new Bible to good use and found comfort in Psalm 37:
Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
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Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret–it leads only to evil.
For evil men will be cut off,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
That Psalm wasn’t one that I had studied before, but now I often am reminded of its words when I feel my adrenaline rising or my hope fading because so many “evil men” appear to be succeeding in their”wicked schemes.” I need to remember that God will take care of them–and take care of me. It is hard to trust in God when so many innocent people suffer and die at the hands of others, but I know that there is very little that I can do on my own.
Last week I heard a story on NPR that is part of the StoryCorps and National September 11 Memorial and Museum effort to record one story for each life lost in the 9/11 attacks. If you haven’t heard Connie’s story about the heroic acts of her boss, what better time to take a few minutes and remember that there are people who could never forget September 11–people whose lives were forever changed when family, friends and loved ones lost their lives, when they witnessed unspeakable horrors, when they suffered first hand through what most of us only saw on t.v.
Today, let us all take a moment to remember the thousands of innocent victims of terrorism, to appreciate our local first responders, and to honor those who serve in the military to keep us safe at home.
For more information from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, visit 911memorial.org.