Thursday, September 11, 2008

 {9-11-08}

This morning I woke up thinking about the families who's lives were changed forever on September 11th, 2001. At first it seemed rather unoriginal to write about what happened to our country seven years ago today. I figured I could go to any number of blogs and find touching or passionate words about patriotism and the rebuilding that we have striven for since then. I purposefully haven't read the words of others today so that I wouldn't compare my own feeble attempts at getting my feelings written to the words of those who have more knowledge and finesse in doing so. Today though - it doesn't matter. Today I am hurting, hurting, hurting for a friend. She is in a situation that is unimaginable and yet tinged with familiarity. Oh how I wish I could take the pain away. Today I try to pull out extra patience for a 5 year old who became sick on our way home from an orthodics appointment an hour away. Bath time, take apart a car seat, many loads of laundry, put aside other things to hold and cuddle. The initial disappointment that assaulted me in the knowledge that I would miss our first Mom2Mom meeting of the season was in the next instant overturned by an undeniable need to just hold, love, and be. Be with my kids. Cover them in kisses. Love the ones I have in front of me. Miss the ones I do not. Things like big messes and missing time with friends just faded a bit in the bigger scheme of things. Today my heart remembers a day that changed the lives of Americans and many others around the world. Today I think of innocence lost, security hollowed, heroes coming forward. I remember the moment it sank in for me that it was not a movie being shown on TV at an odd time. It was real life. My life. The lives of our children. Holding my husband so tight when we met for lunch that day. Knowing that no matter what happened God would forever be sovereign and he is where our true security must lie.
Oh God, may our hearts be turned towards you. May we never forget your faithfulness. Comfort the hearts of those who still grieve deeply every day.
There are events which shake a country and events which shake a family.
Lord, each time we are attacked by the enemy - human or in spirit form - may we cling to your goodness. May we stand firm on your safekeeping.
Above all Lord, may each circumstance which initially shakes us only bring us that much closer to you. May we long for heaven in an insatiable thirsting kind of way.
Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations I will be exalted in the earth.
Psalm 46:10

16 comments:

Amy said...

Wendi, this is a beautiful tribute. May we never forget the sacarifice others have given. That particular day holds other significance for me as well. I had been put on bed rest during my 4th pregnancy, my husband and I were glued to the TV and praying. I miscarried the next day. When I think of all the ones lost that day, I think of my little one in the arms of Jesus. Blessings to you.

Scarlet O'Kara said...

Thank you for your beautiful words...

dani said...

wendi,
9/11 has changed us all; it is my greatest hope that it has been for the better and to bring us closer to God!!!
if not it means that all those deaths and destruction were in vain... i refuse to believe that.
love,
dani

Smilingsal said...

Good to remember that God is in control!

Lena said...

That was such a tragic day- I will never forget it. Thanks for putting things in perspective... Your words really helped me shift my focus onto whats important. now I am getting off this computer and spending some much needed time with my two little munchkins. Thanks for sharing!

Kathryn said...

Wendi, what a beautiful post! Much wisdom and discernment ... and the perfect focus.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Remembering alongside you this day...

May God hold you close and touch your tender places with his soothing words of love and value over you.

peace~elaine

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

You could not have expressed this any better, Wendi. We will never forget.

Cindy said...

We are all remembering in our own ways. It is good to know that GOD does not change and he continues to hold us tight every step of the way.

mudpies4all said...

Powerful words, my friend. May God bless you and your family in an extra special way today!

Becoming Me said...

Wendi, this was a beautiful post...

MoziEsmé said...

Beautiful prayer. Thanks for remembering.

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Aminta said...

Beautiful and eloquent. Better by far then I could have expressed. Thank you!
Hugs,
Aminta

Noah and Ryders Mommy said...

This was such a beautiful tribute to that very sad day. I couldn't have put it in that elegant of form if I wanted to...remembering everything from that day still clinging to our Lord and thanking you for this reminder that we should never let go of!
God Bless

creative gal said...

Thanks for such a wonderful tribute to the victims of 9-11. It has forever changed our lives, but again, we know that OUR GOD is in control!