Posted by: morgan1965 | September 11, 2012

Reflections on 9/11 From the Vantage Point of 2012

On this eleventh anniversary of 9/11, a few images of the former World Trade Center came to mind. One image of the twin towers was the view from numerous flights as the aircraft approached LaGuardia Airport for landing. It was nice to have a window seat and look to the left as the aircraft made its approach. Another view was from the NJ Turnpike while driving home to New Rochelle, NY. Yet another view was the sight of the twin towers from the vicinity of Grand Central Station in New York City. The towers appeared as two giants arising from the earth and reaching upward into the sky. All of these views were awesome and magnificent, almost breathtaking. 

A few weeks ago, I took a fresh look at lower Manhattan where the twin towers once stood. My vantage point was Ellis Island and the statue of Liberty. Today, there is a new tower under construction, as well as other buildings. New structures are rising out of the ashes. These are signs of a fresh beginning, a new start. 

As we look back and remember that tragic day, we also look forward to a future with hope. We hope for a world that is at peace. We desire to live in a world where people do not die as a result of terrorism and war. 

On 9/11 the innocent died – citizens at work, first responders, Pentagon employees, and airline passengers. Today we remember these persons. 

Help us dear God to turn our weapons into instruments of peace. Take our instruments of peace and help us to care for all the people of the world – women children and men. Amen.

 

 

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