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Sunday, September 11, 2011

9.11 Anniversary Memorial at Shepherd of the Hills Church

Teary eyed, I made my way out to the memorial knowing that all of those flags, which really seem like too many to actually count, each stood for one of the victims of 9/11. They were color- coordinated. Red is for the firemen and on those that were part of the Emergency Response Team. Blue ribbons stand for the police officers. Green ribbons highlight the men and women in our military who died in the Pentagon. Yellow ribbons represent civilians who died in the towers, and purple ribbons mark those who were on one of the four airplanes.

Here are the exact numbers:
37 Port Authority
125 Pentagon
246 Airplanes
343 Fire Department - FDNY
2606 in the World Trade Center Towers

Total of 2977.

The pictures above are pictures of the flags that we put in front of our church this weekend. There is one for each of the 2977 victims with ribbons flying. We placed them four flags deep, and it is the length of almost THREE football fields. I know..... because I measured it myself.

And today we are giving 9.11% of our offering to help start churches in New York City.

May you take a moment today to honor them.

They are NOT just numbers. These were normal people like you and I who went to work ten years ago, people who loved their families, country and community. And terrorists decided to take their lives and change our country forever.

My prayer is that God would bring comfort and provision to each of their families, asking that they would never be forgotten.

Praying that God would protect our nation and that this nation would once again seek His protection.

Praying that each person reading this blog will say a prayer for our military, members of our police and fire departments, our government, and our President.

Praying that each of us would humbly bow before our heavenly Father and simply worship Him.

Then live your life in such a way that it brings honor to God, to country and to those 2977 who lost their lives on that fateful day.


TWS said...

Dudley, I love the tribute, and especially the part about starting new churches. Good stuff, Brother. God be praised!

Cindy Willison said...

Very compelling visual -- wish I could be there to see it.

What a great way to honor those who died -- by giving 9.11% of your offering to start church in NYC!

thanks for sharing this with the rest of us!

david b said...

I'm sure you saw this article in today's LA Times. I thought of what you said in church this weekend about the clergy being left out of the 9/11 memorial in New York - about what Mayor Bloomberg said about separation of church and state. In contrast, I thought this was a beautiful tribute from the Dodgers Poet Laureate as posted by Steve Dilbeck:

Here's the treasure that is Vin Scully, on the air Sunday after a pregame 9/11 ceremony in San Francisco:

"We had a lead-gray morning, slowly burning off to a brilliant sunrise, making you think of that beautiful day in New York 10 years ago, Sept. 11, 2001. Certainly a day in which God must have wept, wept over man's inhumanity to man. A day of heroes and a day of horror.

"And there are numbers we always talk about in baseball. We know of the total number of people who passed away that day. But I think of two particular numbers -- 405 and 343. Four-hundred and five were the total number of first responders who died that day trying to help others. And the 343, all of those brave firemen who as most of those people who did escape were going down the stairs, 343 firemen were going up the stairs on the way to meet their destiny.

"Yes, it was a day to remember. We all take a promise now, we will never forget. But you know in retrospect, we've kind of forgotten Pearl Harbor. We've kind of forgotten D-day and World War II. I guess it's a tendency to try and push aside something that brings us so much pain.

"But it should also bring some honor as we watch rising from the ashes of New York, like the phoenix itself, the high-rises that will once again be a testimony to the heart and soul of this great country.

"I remember Ronald Reagan once said, 'If we ever forgot that we were one nation under God, we will be one nation that goes under.' And you might notice today, above all days, you will hear God's name mentioned, and we hope, not in vain.

"So that's the scene here at AT&T Park. We will do as we did 10 years ago. We will try and turn the page, at least for a couple of hours, and concentrate on a child's game called baseball. But all the while, each and every one of us should carry a small ache in our heart for what happened.

"And please God, we will never forget what took place 10 years ago today. And with that, we'll pause for this."

The camera then panned to outside the stadium, where a banner read: "We will never forget 9/11."

from David