As you all well know, today marks the eighth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. I am listening to some of the 9-11 memorial program on the television and remembering where I was and what I was doing on that day. We had a tornado rip through on June 13,2001 taking almost everything we owned including our roofing business and horse stable. We lost horses as well and that was the most difficult for me.
Our insurance company purchased us a dumpy old house trailer that we named Barney after the purple carpet that ran through the living spaces. It was parked behind what was left of our home. Some young men had already shown up for work and were in there with my husband deciding on the day's plan. I was doing my morning chores and listening to the TV as I went. After the first building was hit I ran to the house with a sinking feeling that there was more to come. My husband and the guys were already in a circle holding hands and praying for our nation and the lives of those in peril.
I hope that you will take a some time today to reflect on the things that are most important in your life. My relationship with God reflects on all the other people and things in my life. I have experienced tragedy and sorrow and pain, but God has never left me and I have never left Him. I have found that, though painful to endure, through trials we have the opportunity to rise even stronger.
I also will spend some time praying for those who were left behind and those who were injured and continue to endure great pain from this terrorist attack on the United States of America and her people. May God be with us.
I WILL NOT FORGET!