11 years ago…… Do you remember??? I had been up all Monday night cleaning our apartment and getting ready for Daniel’s brother Robs birthday dinner Tuesday night. I ended up falling asleep on the couch. I woke to Daniel saying Kim wake up and watch this. He had been at work the day before at the Fire Dept. in Murfreesboro and had just got home a little after 8. I was like hello I haven’t been asleep to long and don’t care to watch the TV. Daniel said, “You don’t want to miss this. Planes have hit the World Trade Center in New York. And they are saying it’s a terrorist attack.” Well I was awake in a second then. Next thing I know our neighbor was over and we all 3 sat glued to the TV. Daniel was supposed to be mowing but he couldn’t pull his eyes away from the screen or even move. We were all kind of numb. And wondering what all this meant. What it meant was, America’s way of life was changed, and we weren’t immune to nothing anymore as a country. We had been attacked on our own turf. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives that day. Firefighters, EMS, Police were running into the buildings trying to save as many as they could. Complete strangers were helping each other move to safety. The number that stands out at our house is 343, that’s how many Firefighters were lost that day. Who only did the job they loved, Helping others. Firefighters are the ones running in as everyone else is running out. With one thing on their minds, if there is someone inside get them out and put the fire out. John 15:13 states, Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. And I can say this is true for the Fireman I know. They do it to save lives not for glory. It’s not about them it’s about the ones they are helping, whether that’s them stopping the fire from spreading and putting it out, rescuing someone from a burning house or car, to helping a child breathe again, to even getting kittens from trees and under houses. They are here to serve and protect.
And untimely we all should be living a life of serve and protect and not just for the ones we love. We should be living out John 15:13. So, on this anniversary I first want to say Thank You to the Fireman, EMS, and Police who put their lives on the line for others. These men and women are a breed of their own. It’s in their blood. And they love the job they do. The good thing about anniversaries is the remembering and the moving forward. America on that day 11 years ago pulled together. People were willing to help where ever needed. And though it was a time of heartache it was a time to cherish the ones you loved. So as you move through the day, Remember. Remember God wants us to live a life to helping others and guide them toward him.