Saturday, September 11, 2010

Where were you when the world stopped turning...

I will never forget where I was when I heard that heart wrenching news.  It was my freshman year at UNCW.  Every time I think back to that morning, it makes me miss UNCW.  I was sitting in my car.  I had just gotten out of my Biology class and was waiting in Trask parking lot for my PE class at 9:30.  It was a cool, breezy morning and all was well with the world.  I was listening to 95.1 on the radio and everything got very serious for a moment.  The first plane had just hit the tower.  Of course, we all thought it was an accident.  I remember thinking...'How in the world could someone accidentally hit those towers'...
I went on to PE and then came home and turned on the news and saw that another tower had been hit!  I was in shock.  I remember sitting in that little apartment on Wilshire Blvd just watching in awe.  My roommates and I just sat there in silence as it all unfolded.

My mom came down that next day for some reason (I can't remember).  I was on the softball team at the time (very short time!) and we had practice that afternoon.  One of the girls on the team's brother worked at the towers and she had not heard from him!  Turns out he was ok.  I also remember reading in the Seahawk newspaper that one of the students best friends (twins) went to a college in New York.  They had a really cool mom who also rented an apartment near their college so they would have somewhere to go if they wanted to get away from the college life.  Their mother had just left them that morning to fly back home and was on one of those planes...

The next day, UNCW had a candle light vigil on campus.  My mom, roommates and I went and it was a very special time.  My mom also made ribbons for all the softball team to put on their dorm rooms in memory of all the lives...and she made us a wreath for our door.
Gosh, it is hard to believe it has been 9 years.  It seems like yesterday.  I pray for all those families and the families of all the military who are still defending our land.

I just hope there were many souls that day who believed the following verse:

(Jesus said:) "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14.1-3)

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