It’s HOMECOMING week for Boerne High School! It’s been a fun and busy week at our house. We spray painted a gigantic paper mache tennis ball, some letters and posters for the annual Homecoming parade that goes through the heart of our quaint town. We have dressed up for each of the theme days as the hype continues to build. Our football boys are ready to take on the Marble Falls Mustangs this Friday, September 11th!
SEPTEMBER 11TH! 14 years ago on this date our country was attacked in the most malicious attack we have ever seen to date. 2,996 people were killed causing over $10 billion in property and infrastructure damage. It was the deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement in the history of the United States with 343 and 72 deaths according to Wikipedia. We all remember the day very well. We can all recall exactly where we were when the world stopped turning as Alan Jackson’s famous song rings in our ears. Our oldest daughter was just shy of being 4 months old. My husband had just been laid off the Friday before due to his company closing their doors, and I was working at Radio Disney. I remember hearing WBAP NEWS TALK staff screaming down the halls that we were under attack. I was sitting in my corner office looking out through the glass windows that over looked Six Flags and beginning to cry. I called my husband and asked if he had heard, and we both cried together. Our lives had just begun together yet it felt like it was falling apart.
I remember weeping with my colleagues as we went into one of the recording studios and watched the news feed. Our hearts were deeply hurting for the families that were watching not knowing if their loved ones were okay. When I got home from work that day, I sobbed some more in Ryan’s arms. He tried to assure me that it would be okay but there was this feeling that it wasn’t. Our church had put out poster board signs saying “Prayer Service at 7p.” I told Ryan I wanted to go, so we placed our baby in the car seat and headed there. Our church had never been so full. The pews were filled and people standing along the Sanctuary walls. The community came together! People from all over the world were coming together! We each took turns going up to the front to kneel and pray. Men and women were crying and praying. It was the most surreal moment I remember. God was very present with us. He was watching and catching our tears all in the same breath. I saw humanity at it’s very worst and humanity at it’s very best all in one day…that September 11th day!
As I reflect back over what all has taken place in those 14 years our God has been more than faithful. We added two more babies to our family making us grow from a family of three to a family of five. My husband found another career that provided for our family better than the one he lost. I am no longer in Corporate America but walking into the High School with our oldest each day. There truly is not enough space or words to count all of the blessings. You have too many to count as well. He has certainly brought so much beauty from those ashes on that day. I love His words in Genesis and in Matthew that I just read in today’s devotion.
“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go” Genesis 28:15
“I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 18:20
Such comforting words for us to remember and celebrate as believers that we will never be alone in our journey home. He is with us always to the very end! What a beautiful promise. I’m looking forward to tomorrow night’s game. It will be a beautiful community coming together to support and cheer on our boys. Humanity at it’s best! I will wear my shirt with pride as we remember the fallen of that day and give thanks for their lives and pray peace and comfort for their families souls. Remembering is good, giving thanks is even better!
“Be joyful ALWAYS; pray continually; give THANKS in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18