Remembering 10 years later

In less than a week, America will observe an event that it wished never had happened and maybe for many, who are still struggling with why it happened.

I remember where I was on September 11, 2001.  I was living in Fort Worth, TX.  I was home that morning.  I worked at Catholic Charities and had to go in at noon, so I was actually watching NBC’s Today Show when they started talking about a plane that had hit one of the World Trade Centers.  I believe the anchors were watching from a deck or something when I witnessed the second plane hit the other building.

At first I couldn’t believe what I had just seen.  I remember the anchors being taken aback.  They were still trying to figure out what was going on.  Here is what I saw that morning on NBC Today Show, 9/11 I remember sitting on my couch for the next few hours.  I called my mother, my boss and others.  None of us could believe it.

Later that morning, I went to work, but continued to watch coverage all day.  That evening I had to meet with a group of refugee guys from Sudan.  We met in one of their apartments and watched some of the coverage.  We discussed what had taken place that morning and how it might affect each of us.

It’s hard to believe that 10 years have already passed.  In some ways, that event seems like yesterday and I am sure those who were personally affected live with it every day.

I visited “Ground Zero” in December 2009.  I walked by the fire station located across the street and looked at the list of names of all the firefighters from that station who died on 9/11.  Next to it was a Christmas tree with memorials covering it.

As we approach Sunday and all the memorials and remembrances, we will be again reminded that evilness truly is every where, no matter where you live. Evil desires to crush hope.

My hope is not found in a government, a president or political party.  My hope is found in Jesus Christ.  He brings hope for each and every day that I live on this earth.  Because of Him, I want to share this hope with others that I come in contact with.