Where were you when it happened? We were living in Indiana at the time and I was at work when I first got the news. Quickly, a television was rolled into our conference room and we all huddled around it wondering if the world or at least our world was coming to an end.
My wife, Mary, was at home with my son Josh who was a senior in high school. My other two kids, Jessica and Mindy,were in school. I wanted to run out and collect them and protect them. At the very least, I wanted to be together whatever happened next. Time seemed to stand still.
We were introduced to words like terrorists, Jihad, and al-Qaeda. We became familiar with a mastermind named “Osama bin Laden” and airport security was changed forever. That morning on September 11, 2001, 19 hijackers took control of four different airplanes and coordinated the worse terrorist attack on US soil.
It is hard to believe that it was ten years ago. Over 400 firefighters, police and other rescue workers lost their lives trying to get people out of the twin towers. They were true heroes!
One of the most incredible parts of that attack was the way people changed at least for a little while in New York City. People seemed to care a little bit more for one another. There was a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood that was unique. People went back to church hoping for some… hope!
Change took place! Unfortunately, for some, it was only temporary. Eventually, people went back to work, back to school, back to life. In many cases, other than longer lines at airport security stations and the occasional “orange alert,” it became business as usual.
When a tragedy like 9/11 occurs, we have an option what to do with it. Will we weather it and make some temporary changes or will we allow it to change our lives forever? It is just an external change or does it change something deep inside?
We call them “crisis moments.” They force us to new decisions. It isn’t enough to try to get past the pain. What will we learn? How will we grow?
Wouldn’t it be cool if we could truly care for each other every day not just the days that the world falls apart? What if that kind of support became more than a short glimpse? It is possible.
Those of us who are Christ followers have an opportunity to demonstrate that every day. We can make a real difference if we want to. We can show the world how to really care for each other. So… what will it be?