Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 Years Seems Like A Long Time

10 years seems like a long time, it really does. But in truth, 10 years goes by faster than you can even imagine.

Today, we all know, is the 10th anniversary of when a group of terrorists thought that it was okay to hit some of the most important buildings in our country and kill thousands of people.

It was not okay.

In the past 10 years, we have been fighting against those terrorists that were associated with those who did the horrible deed.

But see, the thing is, I was 10 years old when the attacks happened. I didn't know what was going on. I was 10, I had never heard of the word terrorist. I couldn't even fathom the thought of thousands of people  dying in that sort of fashion.

But I do remember crying when I saw it on TV that afternoon when I got home. I remember knowing this was a huge thing because it was broadcasting on every television station. I also knew it was huge because my mother was home when I got home.

At that time, she never came home early.

10 years seems like a long time. But yet, it feels as if all this happened yesterday. A lot can change in 10 years. I finished elementary, middle and high school and I'm almost done with college. 

But I will always remember the actions of such a small few that changed my life forever. I know our nation will never forget.

Ten years ago we lost mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, aunts, uncles and cousins. Ten years ago we lost heroes. Ten years ago we lost thousands of family members from around the world.


I feel it best to share these lyrics today
"Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)"

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you in the yard with your wife and children
Or working on some stage in L.A.?
Did you stand there in shock at the sight of that black smoke
Risin' against that blue sky?
Did you shout out in anger, in fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry?

Did you weep for the children who lost their dear loved ones
And pray for the ones who don't know?
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below?
Did you burst out in pride for the red, white and blue
And the heroes who died just doin' what they do?
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself and what really matters?

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell
you the difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us
And the greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you teaching a class full of innocent children
Or driving down some cold interstate?
Did you feel guilty 'cause you're a survivor
In a crowded room did you feel alone?
Did you call up your mother and tell her you loved her?
Did you dust off that Bible at home?

Did you open your eyes, hope it never happened
Close your eyes and not go to sleep?
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
Or speak to some stranger on the street?
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Or go out and buy you a gun?
Did you turn off that violent old movie you're watchin'
And turn on "I Love Lucy" reruns?

Did you go to a church and hold hands with some strangers
Did you stand in line and give your own blood?
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love?

[Repeat Chorus 2x]
And the greatest is love.
And the greatest is love.

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day? 

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