” No Day Shall You Erase From The Memory Of Time.” ~ Virgil
These words stand tall in front of the newly created 9/11 Memorial. I had the chance to see it in person exactly a year ago today on the 14th anniversary – or perhaps remembrance is a better word – of 9/11. Funny how time passes. It’s been 15 years since the world was turned upside down. Fifteen. And yet I can still remember every detail of that day.
I was sitting in my music class in Cary Woods Elementary school learning the words to My Country ‘Tis of Thee, when my sister’s second grade teacher ran into our room and said, “We’re under attack. The Trade Center has been hit, we’re under attack.” Not knowing what that meant our little faces just sat frozen waiting for someone to explain. We were quickly and efficiently marched back to our respective classrooms. My homeroom was Mrs. Cope’s 5th grade class and by the time we were back in our seats, she already had the small television tuned in to the news where the memory of smoke reaching from the tower will forever be etched in my memory.
I remember how in the ensuing months, flags were flown everywhere and there was a sense of unity. Republican, Democrat, Christian, Atheist, Rich, Poor and everyone in between: Americans. We stood together, we loved together, and helped those in need.
I don’t feel that now. Even 4,000 miles away, I no longer see the same unity that transpired from that horrible day. Have we so quickly forgotten what happens when we are a world torn apart by hatred and violence? That’s what I’m seeing now. Across the world, I see hatred from the two main political candidates, I see hatred based on the color of skin and sexual orientation, and I see hatred towards both Muslims and Christians, and blaming the masses for the actions of a few.
When’s the last time we prayed for our enemies? Prayed for our country? Prayed for our hearts to be changed and opened? Let’s not continue on the path of hatred and discrimination over the next 15 year. Let’s support, uplift, love, and serve and wash the feet of those around us.
In the time I’ve lived in abroad, Belgium, France, Syria, Turkey, Nigeria, Lybia, Iraq, Germany, U.S.A., and many more have been victim to both internal and external terror attack. These attacks are so commonplace that we hardly blink an eye. Maybe we say a prayer and move on with our day, maybe we change our profile picture to match the flag of the country that had just been devastated, maybe more.
Sometimes it seems helpless. What could we possibly do? What we can do is love. To love fully with our whole hearts. You can never regret loving family and friends wholly. Hug those around us and let go of the pain and offer full forgiveness. These petty grievances that build up over time would seem meaningless if our loved ones were tragically lost. So love. Let us all love today and everyday, for it is written, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.”Matthew 5: 43-45
With a huge hug and so much love sent to each of you, I wish you the peace and blessings of our Father in heaven.