It’s hard for me to believe that 11 years ago today, devastating acts of terror were taking place in my own country. At the time it felt like I was watching a movie unfold right before my eyes. It felt surreal.
Now I know how real that day was. I’ve been to the World Trade Center site. I saw the holes in the ground where two massive buildings used to stand. I rode in a subway that passed a destroyed train platform. I was seeing destruction in real life that I only thought could happen in the movies. I was seeing the aftermath of pure evil.
As I think about it now, I’m still at a loss for words. Even though I was not personally affected the events themselves, I still ask “Why?”. I know I may never have the answers to those questions, but I still have them.
Today, I am reflecting a little bit on the events of 9/11/01. Why? Maybe because I saw a similar post like this on a blog or facebook. Or maybe because it’s good to remember. Remembering helps us to see how God has changed us from those times. How we’ve grown, hopefully to Him. It helps us to see who we were, as individuals and as a country then, and how we are today.
So as we remember, here are links to a couple of videos we did at Riverside Church last year where I was the music minister. We purposefully took time to remember and pray for individuals affects by these events, and for our country and its leaders. Maybe today, we could all do the same.
The first link is how we opened our service last year, a video of the band playing Alan Jackson’s ‘Were Where You?’ Oh, and sorry for the poor video quality on this, it was the only camera we had.
The second is to an interview video we made of people telling their stories from that day.