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9.11.01: In Memoriam

911 Remembrance

There was a haunting silence in the skies over air-busy Chicago on September 11, 2001. Something happened that would forever change our lives. In memoriam…

It was a “Where were you when?” event. Besides the birth of my children, the only other I’d experienced was the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

And so the events that would forever be known as 911 occurred.

A memorial service was held at my church that evening. And when I got home I wrote this poem…

They Just Prayed

The faithful
With their burdens and scars
Hurting so badly
Cradling sorrow and fear

Where are their minds and souls tonight
As they bring forth their pain and lay it before their God

And they prayed
Harder than they fell
They just prayed

What do they see and feel
What brings them humble and mild to holy ground
Taking the balm of knowledge and grace

As they prayed
Harder than they could make it right
They just prayed

And the children
With their innocence and fear know not how or why
Looking up to the eyes of the elders
For some small sign they’ll be safe tonight
Their sweet little worlds intact

While they prayed
For all they couldn’t know
They just prayed

One body
One pain
Healing and deliverance
Together unto one God

Hungry, thirsty, longing, mysterious

They just prayed

This will be the lead chipur article throughout the weekend. It’s a time of solemn remembrance of those whole lost their lives on September 11, 2001, as well as their family members and friends.