10 years ago

11 09 2011

I was living in Costa Rica 10 years ago when 9/11 happened. I was teaching a  technology class in a private school, and we couldn’t get on the internet that morning. I called up to my boss to see what was the issue, and he said, “You have to come up here right now.”

I didn’t have a TV so I didn’t get the full coverage of what happened. I wasn’t here to talk to neighbors or friends. I remember my brother, who lived downtown Chicago at the time, telling me that there were no planes flying, no people downtown… it was just empty and quiet he said. My husband wasn’t here either; he was living in Uruguay. We’ve had the TV on all morning. Maybe I’m still trying to process the magnitude of that day, and the sacrifices made. I can’t imagine the loss felt by the families… not only on 9/11 but over the past 10 years by soldiers and all the military who voluntarily went to war on our behalf. We’re so grateful.

At times like these, when I’m trying to understand the “why” of it all, I have to turn to God. I know that I won’t ever have full understanding, but I trust that there is a reason, and there is a time for everything. I do find comfort in the words of Ecclesiastes 3.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die, a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”

 

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