Hard to believe it is 16 years. Just under 3,000 people lost their lives that day. I personally lost 658 friends and co-workers on that day. Only through the Grace of God am I around today.
I spoke to a group of High School students this morning and the oldest one in the room was just a year old when 9/11 happened. Like the Korean war for me, to them, it is just another page in the history books.
They don’t realize that the entire world changed that day. For these kids, life today is normal. It is normal to have security guards in the schools. It is normal that I have to take off my shoes in order to board a plane. It is normal that I have to walk through a metal detector to board a plane or to go to a ballgame or walk into many public places. “If you see something, say something” is normal.
It is unfortunate that kids growing up today live in such a “normal” society. The United States is the greatest country on the face of the planet and yet this is our “normal”.
I pray that the words of the prophet Isaiah will soon ring true: “they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
May peace reign speedily in our days. Amen.