Remembering September 11, 2001

9-11 MemorialToday people across the country and beyond are remembering and giving honor to the lives that were lost through the terrible tragedy of the terrorist attacks that caused the Twin Towers to fall. We remember the rescue workers how gave their lives so that others might live. We remember the families that continue to grieve the death of their loved ones. We remember our own experiences of that fateful day the emotions that these memories stir within us. We remember…

12 years later, for some the pain is just as raw as the day the towers fell, the Pentagon burned, and one final plane crashed to the ground unable to reach its destination of destruction. 12 years later we continue to struggle with acts of violence and the fear of terrorism. Our nations leaders and leaders across the globe are debating how to respond when horrific acts of violence and terrorism occur. Our leaders are seeking to understand what the moral obligation might need to be in response to chemical weapons being used in Syria. I am glad that I am not one of the leaders being asked to make these kinds of decisions, as there are no clear answers to the multitude of questions.  All I can do is pray.

My prayers are for peace, for the end of violence and bloodshed. My prayers are for God’s wisdom and the assurance of God’s love. As I continue to reflect today, I am drawn back to a poem that I wrote in 2010. I have shared it before, but I believe it is important to share it again.

The Towers Fell

Remembering September 11, 2001

By Michael Landon ©2010
The Towers Fell
When will our hatred
When will our anger
When will our distrust
The Towers Fell
We lost our sense of security
We lost our sense of safety
We lost so much
The Towers Fell
When will our hatred
When will our anger
When will our distrust
The Towers Fell
People, young and old, created in the image of God, died that day
People, black, white, brown, colors of all our world’s races, created in the image of God, died that day
People, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, atheist and all forms of belief and disbelief – those seeking to know, follow, hide or run from or ignore the image of God, died that day
The Towers Fell
When will our hatred
When will our anger
When will our distrust
The Towers Fell
Our world became much smaller
Our world became much scarier
Our world became much more confusing
The Towers Fell
When will our hatred
When will our anger
When will our distrust
The Towers Fell
Neighbors reached out to neighbor
Strangers reached out to strangers
Nations reached out to our Nation
The Towers Fell
When will our hatred
When will our anger
When will our distrust
The Towers Fell
Before they fell, God was present
While they fell, God was present
God is present still
The Towers Fell
When will our hatred
When will our anger
When will our distrust
The Towers Fell
What have we learned?
What have we changed?
What are we becoming?
The Towers Fell
When will our hatred
When will our anger
When will our distrust
The Towers Fell
People died
God wept
God continues to weep
The Towers Fell
When will our hatred
When will our anger
When will our distrust

 

I continue to pray and hold you in the healing light of God’s love…

Michael