Remembering 9/11/01- What I wrote on the actual day

US Flag over the US Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor

My grandfather reminded me today of an article I wrote on September 11, 2001. Instead of writing something new, I wanted to share the words I wrote 10 years ago. I was 20 years old and in college at the time.  Sadly, some of the concerns I felt back then have come true. I will never forget 9/11 and my prayers go out to the families of the victims and to all the rescue workers and volunteers who helped.

Subject: Tuesday, September 11, 2001
Written: Tuesday, September 11, 2001
by Misty Kearns, age 20
Lexington, NC

There are no words in our vocabulary that can properly describe what has happened to our nation today. I find it quite absurd how we cannot pray in school or have the Ten Commandments in our courtrooms, but now everyone wants us to say a prayer. Have they ever thought that if we would have prayed before this, it may not have happened or so many lives have been lost? One nation under God, but that nation does not seek God until we have to suffer such devastation.

It is beyond my comprehension how that whoever is responsible, any person, persons, nation, nations, cult, religious group, or militia group could possibly hold within themselves enough anger and absolutely no compassion for living beings to do something like this. How could another human being ever plan and execute such a horrific travesty?

Can you imagine what the passengers and crew on the hijacked planes must have been thinking this morning? Knowing not only you and the people with you are going to die, but then realizing what else was about to happen to your country.

Being a Christian, in each church sermon, I hear “if you died today, or the world ended today, do you know where you soul will spend eternity?” I can only wonder how many of those people were ready. The thought crossed my mind this sad morning, while being entranced by the scenes on TV of people jumping from the windows of those tall buildings- I wonder what is fuller today – Heaven or Hell?

This great nation, the most powerful nation in the world, has completely shut down today. Some for security reasons, others in respect and mourning for all the lives taken today. All of us Americans are in shock, gathering together with our families, friends and even strangers. Some of us have been glued to the TV. Some have been waiting hours to donate blood. Others are meeting to hold prayer vigils while others are preparing to leave their families and homes to travel to Washington and New York to help.

This is a somber day for us Americans and for those who love this nation. Our flags have been lowered to half-staff. There is no music on the radio stations today. The only music I have heard today is our nation’s Senate singing “God Bless America.” He has blessed America but we have taken his blessings for granted. Talk of war and retaliation will continue. The casualty number continues to rise and more tears continue to be shed. The entire world has never seen anything like this except for the Pearl Harbor attacks.

What words can someone say to describe this day, Tuesday, September 11, 2001? There is a feeling that this is only the beginning. The beginning of the end, of World War III, of a great revival? Perhaps none of those or perhaps all of those. How do we go on, knowing that nothing will ever be the same? Not even in this little sleepy southern town I live in will things ever feel the same. It is amazing how that New York no longer feels so far away from Lexington, NC. If the world does last for another hundred years, what will they day be called in the history books our grandchildren and great grandchildren read?

Those in my generation have never seen firsthand the cruel, cold aspects of a Great War or a World War or testorist attacks like this. How do we, the new generation graduating college and taking the roles of leaders, teachers, doctors, politicians, journalists, mothers and fathers, how do we go on from here? This is nothing we have ever known. Are we prepared to hand this? Has this nation brought us up in a way that we can maturely, morally and properly step into the uncertain future that is before us now? Or are we heading for disaster, because they have pushed God & morality out of our schools and our lives?

America is supposed to be invincible and safe from all the results that the attacks today have brought and will bring. The Leaders of this nation, say they will retaliate and punish those responsible. And what if we do not find out who is responsible? Or what justice will it ever bring if we do? Why was this attack such a surprise in this high tech country? All of us have a multitude of questions that I fear will never be answered. However, there is no answer that can justify what has happened today at the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon and in a field in Pennsylvania. No words to describe and no answer to justify this grim day.

Our freedom was invaded today and I can’t help but wonder if we can ever really feel free and safe in America again. Perhaps my generation will be the last to know and remember what it was like to live in a free country. Maybe everything we have known and become accustomed to in the United States of America, will never be the same or as good again.

Let each us be deeply affected and scarred by the events of today, Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Let us pray for the victims, their families, the rescue workers, volunteers, our nation’s leaders, our nation and those who planned the attacks. May this make all of us realize we must not take any day we are given or the people in our lives for granted.

Let us strengthen our hearts and our nation by faithful prayers. Let us not look to man and his resources to save us in this time, look to the Almighty God. Ask yourself – are you ready, because no one really knows when their time to die will come.

Copyright, 2010 Misty Kearns. All Rights Reserved.

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