I’ve read a bunch of facebook posts and tweets today remembering and honoring the fallen souls from the heinous terrorist attacks of 9/11.
It struck me that it’s been 14 years since the attack.
I remember it like it was yesterday.
I was at a client branch for a consulting engagement in Mercer, PA. I was in the lobby of the bank when the first plane hit. There were some scattered news reports coming in so all the employees huddled into the lunch room and turned to the news channels just as the second plane hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
To see the actual explosion live was horrifying. Everyone was in shock. Then there were reports of a plane attacking the Pentagon and a plane crash landing somewhere in Western PA. There were further reports of planes crashing into other metropolitan areas. My wife was working in Pittsburgh, PA at the time (@70 miles from Flight 93 crash site).
I immediately tried to call Amanda, but no cell phone service was available that day.
That was the last straw.
I told the bank President that I was going straight home so I could make sure my wife was safe. I recommended the bank should shut its doors for the day, which they had already decided to do anyway.
As I raced home, I prayed for my wife, my family, my friends, and my country.
It’s amazing how much simpler things get when you fear that you or someone you love is in danger. The desperation of the moment turns the complex to clear. What once seemed important is now replaced with what is really important.
You ask for one thing. Lord, please let them be safe.
Today as I pray for my family, friends, and country, I’m reminded of the sense of urgency I felt 14 years ago.
I’m reminded that the things that once seemed so important to me yesterday are not as compelling today. Things like my job, my consulting and speaking business, my books, etc. are important, but not more important than hugging my wife and kids and praying for them. Or calling my dad and telling him I love him. Or taking some time to reflect on the ways I’ve been so blessed in this life.
Is there someone that’s been on your heart that you need to reach out to?
Is there someone you need to forgive?
This chorus is from one my favorite artists: Steven Curtis Chapman:
But while it’s still called today won’t somebody make it right?
Before the day slips into night and the moments waste away
While it is still called today, oh we’ve got to say the words
That are longing to be heard ’cause tomorrow may be too late
Go on and say what you need to say while it’s still called today
~ Steven Curtis Chapman – “Still Called Today”