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Sunday, September 11, 2011

In Times of Sorrow and In Times of Calm

September 11, 2001, is a day that not only will Americans always remember but the world will remember. Today marks the 10 year anniversary of that unforgettable day. So many people from all walks of life lost their lives that day.  And everyone was affected in some way by the loss that America experienced.

"The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.

The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in the North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker created the Memorial design selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations.

The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial pools, a powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history."

I found the above at I would love to go see this memorial but I'm not sure if I'll ever get that chance.

The following is an article I found online that says everything that I feel and believe. I could not say it better. Thomas S. Monson is the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is the Lord's Prophet here on earth today.

9/11 destruction allowed us to spiritually rebuild


"The calamity of September 11th, 2001 has cast a long shadow. Ten years later, many of us are still haunted by its terrible tragedy of lost lives and broken hearts. It is an episode of anguish that has become a defining moment in the history of the American nation and the world. This week, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, along with Tom Brokaw, will pay its own homage to the unforgettable events of September 11, 2001.

There was, as many have noted, a remarkable surge of faith following the tragedy. People across the United States rediscovered the need for God and turned to Him for solace and understanding. Comfortable times were shattered. We felt the great unsteadiness of life and reached for the great steadiness of our Father in Heaven. And, as ever, we found it. Americans of all faiths came together in a remarkable way.

Sadly, it seems that much of that renewal of faith has waned in the years that have followed. Healing has come with time, but so has indifference. We forget how vulnerable and sorrowful we felt. Our sorrow moved us to remember the deep purposes of our lives. The darkness of our despair brought us a moment of enlightenment. But we are forgetful. When the depth of grief has passed, its lessons often pass from our minds and hearts as well.

Our Father’s commitment to us, His children, is unwavering. Indeed He softens the winters of our lives, but He also brightens our summers. Whether it is the best of times or the worst, He is with us. He has promised us that this will never change.

But we are less faithful than He is. By nature we are vain, frail, and foolish. We sometimes neglect God. Sometimes we fail to keep the commandments that He gives us to make us happy. Sometimes we fail to commune with Him in prayer. Sometimes we forget to succor the poor and the downtrodden who are also His children. And our forgetfulness is very much to our detriment.

If there is a spiritual lesson to be learned from our experience of that fateful day, it may be that we owe to God the same faithfulness that He gives to us. We should strive for steadiness, and for a commitment to God that does not ebb and flow with the years or the crises of our lives. It should not require tragedy for us to remember Him, and we should not be compelled to humility before giving Him our faith and trust. We too should be with Him in every season.

The way to be with God in every season is to strive to be near Him every week and each day. We truly “need Him every hour,” not just in hours of devastation. We must speak to Him, listen to Him, and serve Him. If we wish to serve Him, we should serve our fellow men. We will mourn the lives we lose, but we should also fix the lives that can be mended and heal the hearts that may yet be healed.

It is constancy that God would have from us. Tragedies are not merely opportunities to give Him a fleeting thought, or for momentary insight to His plan for our happiness. Destruction allows us to rebuild our lives in the way He teaches us, and to become something different than we were. We can make Him the center of our thoughts and His Son, Jesus Christ, the pattern for our behavior. We may not only find faith in God in our sorrow. We may also become faithful to Him in times of calm."

1 comment:

  1. Lloyd D. Newell, 10 years ago:
    Tragedy has knocked at our nation's Golden Door. The dust fell so thick, and so heavy, we felt it all around us, even though we're hundreds of miles away. With you and with others all across our land, we grieve~and we pray. Lady Liberty may be surrounded by ashes, but she still stands. Her light shines in memory of those who have died. Our nation has overcome tragedy before. And we will rise triumphant again.
    A few scriptures to give us guidance;
    Psalms 31:24
    24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.
    Isaiah 41:6
    6 They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.
    1 Chronicles 19:13
    13 Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the Lord do that which is good in his sight.
    Deuteronomy 31:6
    6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
    When we rely on our Father in Heaven, we are blessed with inner peace and an increased abundance of; love, compassion, courage, and strength. With him at our side, all things are possible.
    I am ever grateful for the knowledge I have that God lives and loves us. That Jesus Christ is our Redeemer and tht through him we can work our way back to God’s presence.
    I Love You and cherish the knowledge that we will be together.
    Always and Forever