9.11.2012

9.11.01

We will never forget

This was one of my favorite songs that was written post 9.11
Today, 11 years later, we remember those who were so brave and gave of their own lives to save so many others. We remember the families who lost loved ones and the fact that even though we've moved on, they never really will.
I don't like to get into the political side of things and 9/11 certainly didn't make me appreciate our Government more - but it made me thankful for the grace, strength and integrity God has given to my fellow man. I well up with patriotic pride when I see men and women fighting for their safety and freedoms and seeing evil for what it really is.
Its so weird to teach my kids about history I remember so well and yet they've never lived through. Kind of makes me feel old ;-)

Here are the lyrics to Alan Jackson's song...

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day? 
Were you in the yard with your wife and children 
or working on some stage in L.A.? 
Did you stand there in shock at the sight of that black smoke
Risin' against that blue sky? 
Did you shout out in anger, in fear for your neighbor, 
or did you just sit down and cry? 

Did you weep for the children who lost their dear loved ones

and pray for the ones you don't know? 
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
and sob for the ones left below?
Did you burst out with pride for the red, white and blue

and the heroes who died just doin' what they do?
Did you look up to Heaven for some kind of answer
and look at yourself and what really matters? 

I'm just a singer of simple songs, I'm not a real political man. 
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you the difference in Iraq and Iran. 
But I know Jesus and I talk to God and I remember this from when I was young. 
Faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us... 
And the greatest is love. 

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day? 
Were you teaching a class full of innocent children, or driving down some cold interstate? 
Did you feel guilty 'cause you're a survivor, in a crowded room did you feel alone? 
Did you call up your mother and tell her you loved her? 
Did you dust off that Bible at home? 

Did you open your eyes, hope it never happened, close your eyes and not go to sleep? 
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages, or speak to some stranger on the street? 
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow, or go out and buy you a gun? 
Did you turn off that violent old movie you're watchin'... and turn on I Love Lucy re-runs? 

Did you go to a church and hold hands with some strangers
Did you stand in line and give your own blood? 
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family 
Thank God you had someday to love? 


2 {comments}:

Nicola said...

Thank you for remembering. I get so sad when people forget the cost of how God has blessed our nation (even with wicked leaders)and our lives with freedom, not what a lot of people are able to claim. God preserving His redeemed.
Please pray for Dan (Jess' husband) in Afghanistan. I love that song as well.

Stef said...

oh, wow! I didn't realize Dan is over there. We will keep him/them in our prayers.

 

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