For the Families of 9/11
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For the Families of 9/11

I was going to write a post on September 11th, but didn't quite have the words yet so I decided to ponder it a bit more and write it now. I can't imagine the hurt that even 12 years later the families still feel about this day. There are 2,823 loved ones, service men and women, and passengers who lost their lives on September 11th. There are families who got on flights completely unaware that their lives would be cut short, firefighters and paramedics who put their lives on the line to save those trapped after the many buildings collapsed, and men and women who went to work not knowing that they weren't coming home. I'm sure that many of the families, the wives and husbands and mothers and fathers of these people still can not believe they lost them in such a tragic way and still worry about what could possibly happen. September 11th was a day I'll never forget, I was at school and our teacher turned on the news to figure out what was happening, and even being young it was very obvious that something terrible had happened, I remember thinking in my head, I'm so happy I'm not there. Now being an adult, I feel bad that that thought went through my mind with how much pain and disbelief the families of those people must have felt. When we think about America we think of our freedom, of our loved ones being in a safe country, but days like September 11th let us know that even though we live in the land of the free, we still have gone through terrible and tragic events in our history. The wars we have fought, the people we have lost, and the hurt of those greiving their losses is heartbreaking. I understand that everything can not be perfect, we do not live in a perfect world, where there is no hurt and bad things never happen, but September 11th was a day that made me feel that we would never be the same. Watching the buildings crumble and knowing how many people were inside and terrified for their lives was frightening and that news broadcast will never leve my mind, it will always have a place there because until that day I didn't believe that anything like that was possible. The most important thing to remember about this day is the people who lost their lives, the people who died and will never go home. No one should ever be forgotten and we should always keep them and their families in our hearts and pray for them on this day. The second thing is how amazing our country is, the service men and women who defend us against events that kill thousands just like September 11th every day and put their lives on the line for us to live in a free nation. For the ones who are still fighting to protect us and for those who responded and gave up their lives helping the people in the debris, evacuating all of the buildings, and saving as many lives as they could. I will never be happy about what happened on that day, but the people who rose up and helped to save lives still amaze me and make me absolutely happy about the country I live in. The third and last thing I think we must remember about September 11th and never forget is that we need to spend as much time loving as possible. Those people didn't know they weren't coming home on that day, they didn't know what would happen, and a tragic event like that day could happen anyday at anytime and we need to spend as much time with our families holding them close and appreciating every little moment as much as we can because those people had families that will never see them again and taking ours for granted is a smack in the face to them. To the families of 9/11 can we just take a moment and pray for them; "Dear Lord I want you to hold those close who have a hard time making it through this day and those still hurting from the lives that were taken away. Help them to know that their loved ones are never forgotten and that they are in our hearts today. Take as much hurt away and replace it with as much peace as you can. Keep us safe, them safe, our soldiers safe, and help us to never forget what happened but to have peace of mind and know that we live in a great nation, one that can come back from 9/11. In Jesus name we pray, Amen." I hope that the hearts that broke today and the families can be repaired, but I can't imagine how hard today must be and I want you all to know that I'm thinking of you and praying for you. 

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