Eight years ago today, I got up for work like I did back then, and was informed by my wife that we needed milk before I went in. So I ran to the convenience store around the corner. As I was walking to the back of the store I remember hearing a breaking news alert. They announced that a plane had just hit the WTC. I rushed home to tell my wife and neighbors. We then sat and watched the 2nd bldg get struck, but I had to get to work. I remember driving down I295 when they announced that a plane had just hit the pentagon. At that point I called my boss to tell him I was going home. Terrorists had just obviously struck north and south of me and I was going home to be with my family. Before I could tell him, he told me to go home. I still remember that drive home. I feared I would never see my family again. My eyes were on the skies more than the road, waiting for a plane to come down on top of me. Our country was under attack.
The outpouring of unity in this country was amazing to me. Days trickled by. Soldiers died. Conspiracy theorists spread their rhetoric. A President left office. “Hope” and “Change” was ushered in. And where are we today?
We have forgotten.
We have forgotten where we were that day. We have forgotten about our friends and neighbors who lost loved ones or didn’t know if they had or not. We have forgotten that our homeland was attacked. We have forgotten that it could have been us.
We need to move on–that is for sure. But let’s not go in the wrong direction.
We now live in a country that it is perfectly OK for a member of Congress to shout down the President during a speech. Why not just throw shoes at him?
We now live in a country where more than ever, EVERYONE feeds off fear.
So what exactly is it that we have forgotten??
36“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[b]
38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
I pray today for the people of this nation, that the Hope and Change that they so obviously yearn for would come, but not through a man, but through the only one who can truly usher in the needed Hope and Change… Jesus Christ