Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.
Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when you heard about the 9/11 attacks? Tell me in the comments section below. Here’s my story . . .
September 11th, 2001 started off as any other day — I woke up, showered, ate breakfast, and went to school. I was in Sophomore English at Will Rogers High School and becoming bored quickly. It didn’t take much to get distracted in those days. The school principal came over the intercom and broke the news that there was a terrible tragedy and America appeared to be under attack. The teacher tried to get the classroom TV to turn on, but electronics being what they are, it wasn’t working when we needed it most.
I lept out of my seat and briskly made my way to the front of the room, and offered to help. After about 5 minutes of fidgeting and rearranging cables, the TV whirred to life. The news anchors were on, with a side-by-side image of the fires at the World Trade Center. Then, as most of America did, we all watched in shock as we witnessed the second plane hit. Silence fell over the airwaves and in the classroom as we struggled to take in the reality of what happened.
As everyone became to regain composure, the news continued, and naturally, concentration was lost in the classroom and we could not complete the day’s assignments. The bell rang, and TVs were turned off as students moved to their next classes. The bell rang again, and teachers attempted to gain control and begin their lessons again. Some teachers had sons or daughters who were in the military already, serving overseas and away from home. Some students had parents serving in places that no one could talk about, because the thought of growing up with one of your parents so far from home was painful.
At the end of the day, students made their way to bikes, busses and cars and everyone made their way home. Once home, TVs came on again and students who barely understood politics and world issues began to get a real life lesson in how the world works. Then President George Bush addressed the nation. I had no idea what he was saying, I just knew the world was in pain. That’s when his words caught my attention. My ears perked up, it was Psalms 23.
“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me…”
God Bless America. We will never forget.
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