When I first heard the news of the horrific terrorist attacks on our country sixteen years ago, I was in the barn cleaning stalls. I was listening to the radio when the music was interrupted and the dj broke in relaying the news of the first plane to hit. I, like everyone else could not believe what I was hearing and I thought it had to be a joke. My mind immediately recalled an event that had happened in my childhood.
One Saturday morning when I was still in elementary school all of us girls were still in bed and mom had the clock radio alarm set to get dad up to go to work. We were all awakened suddenly by my mom running thru the house yelling for us to get up out of bed. I didn't have a clue what was going on but I knew it couldn't be good.
We would later come to find out when the alarm went off the first thing mom heard was the dj announcing that we were being bombed and under attack. Shocked by the news mom's first instinct was to wake us and gather us all together close to her. A few minutes later the dj reported that the whole thing was a joke and the USA was not under any attack. To use one of my favorite expressions, mom was madder than a wet hen, and if I recall correctly she placed a phone call to the radio station.
I quickly put up the horses and got back to my house and sat down in front of the television. I stayed there all day long watching the news, crying and wondering how this could happen to our country. The people of our country were heart broken and devastated. We united together, filled our churches, vowed we would never again let this happen to us. And now I look at the news and I wonder what happened to us. How did we let our country spiral this out of control in sixteen years? How have we fallen so far away from God?
This morning Jackie lowered our flag as directed in remembrance of the horrific events of 9/11. I pray we never forget what happened that day and how we felt. The heart break, the outrage, the sadness, the unbelief. I pray our country repent and turn once again to God Almighty. And I pray God bless the United States of America!
Please don't forget that in addition to this I am re-publishing Darleen Koch's story and encourage you all the read this remarkable woman's story.
Until we meet here again, I pray God bless you and keep your loved ones safe.