Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Where were you?

I was just waking up getting ready for another day of high school when my mom came running in my room. She turned my TV on and did her best to keep her cool as she told me that she thinks our country is under attack. I didn't know what she was talking about. Weren't wars something that happened back in the day? We saw the planes crash into the World Trade Center and then minutes after heard about 2 more crashes. I had never even heard of the World Trade Center before September 11, 2001.

My heart sank thinking about what was happening and it infuriated me that there were terrorists in our country, killing our people. I will never forget the passion that rose up in me that day. Passion for this great land, compassion for my fellow Americans who were Heroes that day as they took 2 planes down in hopes of saving the White House and thousands more as they crashed into a field in Pennsylvania and the incredible oneness we all felt with our neighbors.

I have never experienced such unity. Seeing people from all over the US going to help those who were affected, flags flying from cars, flags held high on peoples front porches, nothing but love, compassion and pride. I miss that. I miss it even more in times like today with a country that is divided. Have we forgotten just how blessed we are to live in a land where we're free and have incredible opportunities? It seems we have forgotten how to love our very own neighbor. 

Lord, please bless those who lost loved ones & continue to lose them as we fight to protect our freedom.

...and God, please bless America even though we don't deserve your love & grace.

United we stand. 

Let's get back to that.


We will NEVER forget...

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you in the yard with your wife and children
Or working on some stage in L.A.?
Did you stand there in shock at the sight of that black smoke
Risin' against that blue sky?
Did you shout out in anger, in fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry?

Did you weep for the children who lost their dear loved ones
And pray for the ones who don't know?
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below?
Did you burst out with pride for the red, white and blue
And the heroes who died just doin' what they do?
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself and what really matters?

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell
You the difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us
And the greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you teaching a class full of innocent children
Or driving down some cold interstate?
Did you feel guilty 'cause you're a survivor
In a crowded room did you feel alone?
Did you call up your mother and tell her you loved her?
Did you dust off that Bible at home?

Did you open your eyes, hope it never happened
Close your eyes and not go to sleep?
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
Or speak to some stranger on the street?
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Or go out and buy you a gun?
Did you turn off that violent old movie you're watchin'
And turn on "I Love Lucy" reruns?

Did you go to a church and hold hands with some strangers
Did you stand in line and give your own blood?
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love?

[Chorus x2]

And the greatest is love.
And the greatest is love.

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?

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