Lord, take me where you want me to go;
Let me meet who you want me to meet;
Tell me what you want me to say; and
Keep me out of your way.
- Fr. Mychal Judge, FDNY (died 9/11/01)
This morning, while thousands of names were solemnly read, one by one, at Ground Zero, two babies were baptized in our church.
This evening I'll help celebrate a dear friend's birthday with Mexican food and margaritas.
In between, I've been remembering...
Ten years ago I was one of millions watching in disbelief as our country came under attack. Do you remember that feeling as we pulled together in the days that followed? We changed the way we did things, for sure, but we kept on living our lives, refusing to let our attackers control us with fear.
Living each day, deliberately and free. Remembering but moving forward, only leaving room for light and happiness and love. That's our victory.
"...Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.
America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining.
Today, our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature, and we responded with the best of America, with the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could..."
~President George W. Bush