Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Remembrance

September 11th 2001, most everyone can remember where they were on that day. I can. I was 5 years old and we had just finished taking a hike in the woods. Upon arriving at our friends house, my Mom was told about the tragic happenings that had just come to pass. Of course, at that time I was to young to hear about it. Every year since the terrorist attack happened on September 11th we remember the lives that were lost on that day…and then we go on with our own lives. There are people who for a long time couldn’t go on with their lives, who couldn’t get over the fact that every night their father, mother, or both didn’t come home from work. The certain people that I have in mind are the children of the ones who were killed in 9-11. The estimated number of people who died in that attack was 2,819 and the estimated number of children who lost their parents is about 3000. This morning I saw a news report on the these children, one boy had lost both of his parents. His mother was in the worlds trade center and his father was a fire fighter. One thing that I heard caught my attention, a girl said to the questions of ‘is 9-11 a hard day to get through with remember the loss of your father?’ “not so much, he’s gone every other day as well.” was her reply. Twenty percent of Americans are related to, or know someone who was injured or killed in the 9-11 attacks. Imagine losing your parent or a family member in such a tragic accident. Yes people die from sickness and diseases each year, but what about when someone actually takes their life?
Isn’t it sad how the terrorist who killed these children’s parents and many other people, thought that they were doing something of honor and service. Yes, they were doing something of service to their country, but it had no eternal value. Do you think that the terrorist pilots who killed themselves went to heaven or hell? I think it should motivate us all the more to spread God’s love across the nations. What if the terrorist involved in the events never heard the Gospel or had a chance to except it before. Yes,
9-11 was a tragic event, this year are you going to remember the loss and then go on with your life? Or are you going to ask God if he wants you to go make a difference? Better yet, if you have a loved one that was killed in 9-11 can you forgive the terrorists and then make a difference? Will you let compassion for the loved ones of the lost lives and for Americas enemies motivate you with the strength of our Lord.

~I thank all of the ones who died as hero's and all the ones who were left behind.~

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