This Sunday will mark the fifteen anniversary of the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington DC.
Two-thousand two hundred and ninety-six people were killed that day, and six thousand others were injured by the deadliest terrorist attack on America since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the day that FDR told us “would live in infamy.”
Add to that the people who heroically sacrificed their lives to prevent a third plane from crashing into Congress or the White House and the thousands of first responders whose health was seriously or fatally compromised by the massive cleanup operation, and you have a human tragedy of staggering proportions. And it must be always remembered that for every victim there are many other loved ones who still grieve the lost sons, daughters, husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, etc. We should all lift up those who are still grieving for their lost loved ones, particularly this Sunday.
No one who was alive on September 11, 2001 will ever forget where they were and what they were doing when we first heard the news.
I actually saw the first reports on television, as I was preparing to leave my home to go to work in the Southern Baptist Convention building in downtown Nashville. The images of the jet liners flying directly into the Twin Towers is indelibly etched in my mind and my heart. I had flown right past those same Towers the Friday night before as I left LaGuardia to fly home to Nashville.
All of us remember the rush to attend churches and the solace people found in their faith.
Unfortunately, the return to faith for many faded quickly, and within months we returned to “normal.” However, the new “normal” was different from the old normal with heightened security measures, loss of freedoms, and a significant loss of peace of mind.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Dr. Richard Land is president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and executive editor of The Christian Post.