Been pondering what I wanted to say today to honor 9/11, knowing this day in history rightly deserves something. In reading dear friends’ words and tossing around thoughts of my own, all I keep landing on is how much this time is in contrast to then. Those were scary times. Hard times indeed. And I won’t pretend sin wasn’t rife in our nation then. Yet, there was also such a period of solidarity that sprang up out of tragedy that unfortunately faded far too quickly and hasn’t been seen since…
Was it really so long ago
Devastation rolled across our screens?
Did the skies really tear open and explode?
Did the buildings crumble ?
Did our high hopes tumble
As city streets began to fill with screams?
Has it really been that many years
Since we met the challenge with prayerful tears?
Has it all faded from memory
The way we united on bended knee
And shared in the burdens and the fears?
I am loathe to think we have forgotten.
Yet, I must acknowledge the pledge
To stand hand in hand has gone rotten.
Did I know this would happen?
With a twinge, I have to admit I saw it somewhere down the road.
I cringe at the way humanity
Slips away so casually,
Our ardor toward our Lord grown so quickly cold!
Oh, Father, that remembrance would stir!
Oh, that useless rants would cease
And peace in Christ would be allowed to occur!
Oh, I know our downfalls,God.
Yet, I also know You can lift us beyond.
Though we too often neglect to
Do as we ought,
Guide us yet to Your truth
And teach us again to forsake You not.
Oh, disentangle us from this tether of sin,
And help us to come together again!