9|11 Where Were You?

Where were you... when the planes crashed into those towers?

It's a question that just about everyone over the age of 20 can answer. Not only do most remember where they were, they remember what they were doing. It was one of those moments where time just seemed to be suspended, while we all tried to process what was going on.

I remember I was walking through the hall at my house that morning when the phone rang. One of the men from the church was on the line to let me know what had happened. I quickly turned on the news and watched the live events unfold as they reported what was at the time thought to be a terrible accident. Then, the unthinkable happened: While the world watched the footage of the burning Trade Tower, a second plane flew into the other tower. I sat in stunned silence as it dawned on me that this was no accident. But... who would do such a thing?

As each day went by, we learned not only who had done this awful thing, but why. It was heartbreaking.

But, before the ashes were cold from these hateful acts, something remarkable happened: People started to think differently. Instead of thinking of things, they started thinking of people. Families and friends, long parted, contacted one another just to see if they were alright. People started thinking of the well-being of not only their loved ones, but of complete strangers.

And... people started to pray again - not for power or money or stuff, but for others. The pews in churches across America started to fill up again on Sundays as people sought the peace and comfort that can only come from God. And, the terrorists failed, at least for the moment, because we became stronger not weaker.

But now, the pendulum has swung once more. Americans are back to thinking about their money and their power and their stuff. Strangers are strangers, once again. The prayers have tapered off and the pews are a bit emptier. And, if we are not careful, we will become vulnerable once again - not to attacks from hateful men, but to the thoughtlessness of indifferent men.

We must not, dear friends, let that happen. We may not be able to fully protect ourselves from the evil attacks of evil men, but there is something that we can do: We can remember not only where we were when we drew closer to God and our fellow men on that fateful day... but we can also remember who we were. Who are you, today?

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deuteronomy 4:9, NIV