There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:
I can see the fingerprints of god
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of god
And I know its true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of god
So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them? Here's how to join in.
8 years ago today I was in college, getting out of my first call of the day trying to get to my work on campus job at the LAC. It was closed, I couldn't figure out way. I walked down the hall towards the computer lab to see if anyone knew what was going on. I just happened to look into a class room and I saw the news on. I saw a plane heading towards tower two, but I had no idea what was going on. I had no idea what class was supposed to be going on but I didn't care, no one seemed to care that I had gone into that class room, sat my things down on the floor and watched with the TV. I still wasn't putting two and two together, BUT I knew that something was wrong, that I NEEDED to be there, that I HAD to watch. I saw those buildings collapse, I saw the mass confusion, I saw the panic. The panic wasn't just where those planes crashed but right there, in that classroom. I live in a very, very military oriented city... there is a base right across the street from that University. What if these people picked our city next... it was one of the worse feelings that I have ever, ever lived through, the not knowing what is going to happen next. There was a lot of panic, trying to figure out the day, trying to make everyone safe, in case something did happen to our city.
Other things were going on at the same time to make it even worse for me... my brother lives in Upper state New York, he is a firefighter, I didn't know if they were going to call people in from that far North, because they needed people there, in the city that badly. My dad was driving across the country... from Kansas to New York to Washington State... I couldn't remember what side he started on, it was the end of the trip... was in he NY or was he in Washington. No one would answer phones, no one could figure out where or what my family was doing. I know that I will never feel the same what those people did, that KNEW their loved ones were in that building but I know some of the panic that happened, again, the not knowing. I finally got a hold of my other brother... he found my family, he made me calm, he knows me and how to do that. He told me they were fine and J was not going to The City. He told me to watch the news, for ME to stay safe, to pray for those who didn't know, the damn not knowing again!
BUT in the hurting, the NOT KNOWING something happened. Our government forgot that there were sides, our nation forgot that we didn't like each other... we stopped. We looked at God and we trusted in him. We looked at our leaders, put our faith and trust in them, praying that we will fix this. We came together as one, something I have not seen in my short life. God showed us that we could become one even though a major tragedy. That we could unite, protect our country, forgot that we are all "different". It was something that amazed me... it's hard, still to this day, for me to say that God was there. BUT I know he was, he was with those people, holding their hands.... I still morn for those who lost their lives, who lost loved ones, who lost everything that day. I pray to God that he holds them a little tighter every year on this day. I can't imagine that suffering, year after year.
I also need to say a big thank you with in all the morning to all the military that service this country. They are the ones that stepped up, that fought to make sure that the bad people knew that they got through once, but it will NEVER happen again. That so many more have given their lives or put their live right there in danger to make us safe once again. They are Gods gift to us, to protect us here in the country.
Take a moment today to say thank you to our military for every thing they have done for us. Also, say a little prayer for those who are not with us anymore and for those who will suffer everyday due to loosing their loved ones. I know I will!