Archive for September, 2013

Where were you?

September 11, 2013

Twelve years ago today (Sept. 11, 2001), our lives were impacted forever when terrorist-hijacked planes crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.

Thousands of lives were lost on that fateful day.

I will never forget where I was. We were at the Baptist Center in Brentwood preparing for a meeting of the Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. As word spread of the tragedy we crowded around a small television in the building and watched the drama unfold.

9/11 brought about a public focus on prayer that I had not seen before or since. I wrote this statement in my editorial the week following 9/11. “I cannot recall in my lifetime the numerous references made by the secular media and government leaders about trusting in God and praying for our country. I don’t remember ever seeing so many people from all walks of life join in prayer gatherings all across this country. Americans are beginning to see, perhaps some for the first time, that the only hope America has is in God. My prayer is that ‘awakening’ will last.”

Sadly, it did not.

Today, on the 12th anniversary of 9/11, think about where you were when the Twin Towers went down and how your life was impacted.

Think about how hard you prayed that day for our nation and pray today as you did then. Our nation needs it just as much today, if not more, than it did 12 years ago.