Do you remember what you were doing on September 11, 2001?
This day will be forever etched in my mind. I remember the day as though it were yesterday. I was serving in the Navy and we were preparing for a major court martial that was scheduled to begin a little after 9:00am. As I was busy getting everyone where they needed to be in order to start the trial on time, one of the witnesses called me into the visitor waiting room and together we watched in utter disbelief as the second plane hit the Twin Towers. I instantly knew this was not a coincidence but a terrorist attack. Many stopped working and gathered around a television or a computer to hear updates on the attacks in New York City, Washington, DC and in Pennsylvania.
My heart was broken as I cried with the rest of America. The painful reality of what had just occurred began to sink in. Every channel on television carried the news of what had occurred in those short minutes and repeatedly we watched the photos of the planes hitting the towers, the huge crater in the ground in Shanksville, PA and the photos of the Pentagon. Later that week, I would learn that I lost three very special people in those attacks. I remember trying to explain to my then eight-year-old son what had happened. I also remember him trying to understand why anyone would want to do such a horrible thing in America because “it was the best place to live.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." As a nation, we came together. Churches filled with believers who fell on their knees before the Lord and asked for His mercy on our country, while many who did not believe in Jesus came for comfort and wanted to understand. During this time, many people came to know Christ and Christians re-dedicated their lives to the Lord.
Since this time, memorials have been built to honor the memory of the lives lost and somehow families and friends have begun the process of healing and moving forward. On this day of remembrance, would you take a few moments and join us as we pray for our country that we would turn from our wickedness and turn back to Him? Would you also pray for those who lost loved ones during this painful day? Pray that we will continue to move forward, not wavering and praying for those who still have not accepted Christ’s gift of salvation.
Kathi Kuenzi is a retired veteran of the United States Navy and the Military Outreach Coordinator in Liberty University's Office of Military Affairs. She enjoys her job serving service members and veterans and planning military appreciation events on campus throughout the year. She recently completed her J.M. in American Legal Studies with the Liberty University School of Law.