The years tick by like the clocks on our walls. At this time we often look back to the joys or sadness that may have come our way. Of course, this is not the approach that is best psychologically, but we all do it. We have hopes and dreams which are part of the human spirit. In order to reach for new goals, we may have to reflect on some of the things that have worked for us and those that have not.
In this blog, I reach out in my thoughts to those whose past year has brought great pain and need to know that they can be encouraged by those in their countries that stand beside them and behind them. People are made by God for great endurance.
Throughout the Middle East, the Christians went to their place of worship in fear that they would be attacked and many were. Yet they went. Throughout the rest of the world, Christians sang joyfully their songs of worship and praise for the birth of the Savior, Who is Christ the Lord. Others mourned at the empty place at the table where their loved ones used to sit. Many ran for their lives throughout the world when struck by Evil: ( Here is an interactive map that gives locations and stories behind the attacks.)
Recently I watched a moving account of the Boatmen in the New York area who responded when called by the United States Coast Guard for help at the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center. I share this with my readers for a word of encouragement for the next NEW YEAR.
The video is also a message to any enemy of the people of the United States of America. Be warned… the people WILL rise to defend and rescue as is so clearly shown in this presentation. These were the STURDY NEW YORKERS…and you haven’t seen the MEN and WOMEN of the U.S. Mountains. They have a strength all their own. I know, for I was born in the mountains and have lived among them. They are quick to action and try to never look back and say “I should have…”
May your New Year be one of JOY….ENCOURAGEMENT…and a true PEACEFULNESS.
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The attack on the United States of America on 9-11 was 15 years ago this 2016. It was EVIL, malicious, a hell… that words can’t describe. What a number of young men would do to other human beings in the name of religion is evil in the worst sense. Because it was so evil, we know God must have cried along with the families of those who cried. There certainly will not be rewards in the afterlife as they may think.
Some of the young men who came to this country to learn to fly because they knew what they intended to do, most likely walked passed my house in Venice, FL to the small airport a block or so away. (Read 9-11 Part One for details) To think such evil was actually coming and going within a peaceful community, is beyond belief.
Today, we at Boyer Writes want to share a video about the first fireman who was walking down another street some months later when these same young men flew the jets into the World Trade Center. We must hear the reality once again from the friend of the fireman who witnessed this evil. I continue to repeat the work “EVIL” because we must never forget who did this and why they did this. We must tell it like was…and pray for the God of kindness, forgiveness, and mercy to keep us in His loving care as others try to do a similar evil deed. Our thoughts go out to the loved ones of 3,000 who died that day in N.Y, Washington, and PA.
A reader just wrote me that besides the victims, firefighters, and many others who died, he would like to remember a wonderful person, Karen Martin, who was on American Flight 11. He wrote, “I’d like to remember the crew members involved on 9-11. Karen Martin, the lead flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11, was the first to die that day. She was the most likable, professional flight attendant I ever met.”
- 8:46 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crash Flight 11 into floors 93 through 99 of the North Tower (1 WTC).
- 9:03 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crash United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 77 through 85 of the South Tower (2 WTC).
- 9:37 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crash American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon, near Washington, D.C.
- 9:59 a.m.: The South Tower (2 WTC) collapses.
- 10:03 a.m.: After learning of the other attacks, passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 launch a counterattack on hijackers aboard their plane to try to seize control of the aircraft. In response, the hijackers crash the plane into an empty field near Shanksville, Pa.
- 10:28 a.m.: The North Tower (1 WTC) collapses. The 16-acre World Trade Center site is in ruins, with collateral damage affecting all adjacent properties and streets. A rescue and recovery effort begins immediately.
Other ways to Honor the Victims on September 11:
- Toll bells
Toll bells on September 11 at 8:46 a.m. or at each of the times listed above.
- Read the names of the victims aloud The names of the men, women and children killed as a result of the 9/11 attacks have been read aloud at the official 9/11 anniversary ceremony in New York City every year. Download a list of the names inscribed on the 9/11 Memorial. (Names include all those killed in the 9/11 attacks and the six individuals killed in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing).The 9/11 Memorial Guide allows users to select specific names or groups of names, including names from a certain town or state, a specific company, or first responder agency.
- Lower flag in remembrance Lower flags to half-staff on the 9/11 anniversary. Flags may be lowered at 8:46 a.m. to mark the moment when Flight 11 struck the North Tower at the WTC.
The never answered question: “Why does someone live in a country they hate and want to destroy it?” The ideology is not rational…so this question will not be answered. All we can do is be vigilant and pray.
look on us, people of many different faiths
who gather today at this site,
the scene of incredible violence and pain.
We ask you in your goodness
to give eternal light and peace
to all who died here
the heroic first-responders:
our firefighters, police officers,
emergency service workers, and
Port Authority personnel,
along with all the innocent men and women
who were victims of this tragedy
simply because their work or service
brought them here on September 11, 2001.We ask you, in your compassion
to bring healing to those
who, because of their presence here that day,
suffer from injuries and illness.
Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families
and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
Give them strength to continue their lives
with courage and hope.
We are mindful as well
of those who suffered death, injury, and loss
on the same day at the Pentagon and in
Our hearts are one with theirs
as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.
God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:
peace in the hearts of all men and women
and peace among the nations of the earth.
Turn to your way of love
those whose hearts and minds
are consumed with hatred.
God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.
Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.
Comfort and console us,
strengthen us in hope,
and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world
where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all.