Tuesday, September 11, 2012

9/11, 11 years later

"dude, wake up...someone's bombing the east coast...the whole coast is on fire."

i was a freshman at the university of northern colorado when my roommate woke me up. i rushed into the living room and sat in front of the TV in awe. i watched the second tower collapse. i watched flames engulf the pentagon. i watched people jumping out of windows.

it was insane.

i was a bit worried because half my family lives on the east coast. fortunately, they were all okay.

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i went to class and my sociology professor dismissed us early. she told us to watch the news because 9/11 was going to the change the course of history. that was an understatement.

i drove to the gas station and waited in the 30 minute line because the media was certain that our oil supply would be cut off.

i went to a candle light vigil that night on campus. it was powerful. i cried.

i went to church for the first time in a long time that weekend. i was scared.

it was one of the first times i came face to face with this cold, hard fact: life is short. it can end at any time. and most of the time, we never know when death will come.

that's a bit scary if i'm honest.

today, i find hope in this simple, yet profound, verse from the message translation of the bible:

"the things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. but the things we can't see now will last forever." -2 corinthians 4:18

we all die. we can spend our life chasing houses, wealth, status, cars, looks, relationships...but they'll be gone the day we die. gone. forever.

yet, we can find hope in this: heaven, jesus, and eternity await us on the other side.

may we all take a moment to reflect today on the senseless tragedy of 9/11 and the loss of life. but may we also take a moment to reflect on our own life today...and the things we're living for...let's not waste the lesson of 9/11.


  1. I really enjoyed reading your blog. 9/11 is always a reminder to me of how God changed my life forever. I will always think back to where I was when that day happened and it is not a happy thought, however like I said it is a reminder to me that God makes all things new and I am so thankful. Life Is but a vapor and we should make every minute count.

  2. What a crazy day that was. I used to pastor in Greeley and know the UNC campus very well. That day I was in Denver and was awoken by my 10 year old son. His exact words were, "Dad a terrorist thing is going on". When I saw the second tower going down I looked at him and knew that his world would never be the same again.
    God Bless,

    1. thanks for following johnny...you're right, the world will never be the same. much love to you.

  3. Thanks for sharing that Dan! It is so crazy how vividly we all remember that day.... I remember praying for America and scared for the unknown. But then you think past this world and the Known future that we have! Love ya!

    1. thanks rachael! (and glad you could figure out comments ;)