Ten years ago today, life began as an average Tuesday for millions of Americans. We can all recall vividly where we were when that day quickly transformed from just another September day to Sept. 11, 2011.
I was in a civics classroom when my teacher turned on the TV to reveal the harrowing scene. As I watched smoke billow out of the towers, I could not fully comprehend what that act of terrorism would mean for New York, for our country and for me.
This past May, I found myself standing at that very spot where thousands of Americans lost their lives within the World Trade Center. I took in the vast expanse of the memorial, still under construction, and allowed the news clips, photographs and video footage from that day pass through my mind. I recalled the stories of heroism and faith that emerged from the rubble in the days following the attacks.
While I felt far removed from the historic tragedy in 2001, 10 years later, I felt deeply connected. I never felt more proud to be an American.
In the midst of great tragedy, it’s human nature to turn to loved ones for a small piece of normalcy, comfort and strength. Surrounded by those we hold dear, the uncertainty of tomorrow appears less threatening and more manageable.
As singles, we do not have the built-in support and comfort that comes in the form of a spouse to stand by us during these periods of uncertainty. Being single is lonely, but in the midst of life-changing events, singlehood can be nearly debilitating.
As we honor those whose lives were lost on that fateful September day and give thanks for the selfless men and women who continue to serve our country, let us remember the One who has saved each of us. Jesus, our true comforter, stands beside us through the darkest of times, and He promises to wipe every tear from our eyes and erase all pain and suffering from our hearts.
A decade after 9/11, His promise still stands.
“Behold, I make all things new.”