We may not be invincible, but we our courageous...In our hearts beats a song of patriotism, of bravery, with words only we ourselves can hear. Do we stand up for the helpless; or let others do the job? Do we yield ourselves to evil or take a stand against our foes? Do our hearts beat with something more than fear when we see the battle lines? Will we let courage speak it’s voice out loud, even when terror takes hold? We are not alone. There is One who gives us strength, even as our world falls down. Lift up your eyes to Him and never yield to fear, let courage be your anthem, a song only you can hear.
Nineteen years ago, our world changed.
We weren’t expecting it. We never thought something like this could happen…but it did.
An terrible enemy sought to destroy us, to make us give up…and yet, they did not succeed. Americans didn’t just give up and yield their courage to terror. They stood strong.
Firefighters, police officers, military personnel, everyday men, women, and children gave what they had to help others. Many gave their lives.
We will never forget the passengers and crew of American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175, American Airlines Flight 77, United Airlines 93. We will never forget the people trapped inside the twin towers and those who survived. We will never forget the heroic efforts of the passengers on Flight 93 who fought valiantly stood against evil and fought to the last.
It can be too easy for me to become complacent and go about life untouched by events that happened before I was born. It feels distant. It happened, but somehow my life doesn’t feel any different.
When LAUREN CATUZZI GRANDCOLAS stepped on board United Airlines Flight 93 the morning of September 11, 2001, she was just another passenger heading home. Later that day, she and her unborn child had become a victim of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Lauren Grandcolas’ story really causes me to stop and reflect. I was born sixteen days after the terrorist attacks on our country. My heart cries when I think about Lauren and her unborn baby…That could have been my mom and I.
Sometimes we ask ourselves, “what can I do? I can’t go back and save those people. I can’t change what happened.”
No, we can’t do that, but there are things we can do to make sure the memory of all the 9/11 victims are never forgotten. We can stand up for truth when the whole world wants to shy away from it. We can remember that there is a God in Heaven who weeps with us when our world shatters, who reaches out to comfort us in our grief.
Take some time today to reflect on what patriotism and courage means to you. Take a moment and pray for the families of the victims of 9/11.
Also, I want to take a moment to remember those killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. Those who died in service to their country should shall never be forgotten.
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