Today is September 11, which is a very emotional day for our country. This is a day where as a country, we pause and remember the horrific day our country was attacked. We remember the devastation, the loss of life, mourning and grief of so many families. The pictures of the attacks still play in our minds when we remember this day, along with our feelings of helplessness and unbelief.
On this anniversary of 9/11, the theme rings out "We will never forget". This day is forever etched in the heart of America. We are bound together by our memories and the strength shown through the selfless acts of unity.
In our family, September 11 is also a day we will never forget. It was a Sunday and as a family we went to church, enjoyed the afternoon together and then went in different directions for the evening. Our middle son Josh went to a get together at a friends house. My husband went to church services at our home church while I went to participate in a business meeting at a church I worked at.
Just like each person can tell you exactly what they were doing when hearing of the 9/11 attacks, I remember every detail of hearing the news no parent ever wants to hear. The business meeting I was at was just dismissing and as I got up to leave, my husband was there. "We need to go, Josh has been in an accident." Moving swiftly out the door, more news kept coming. It was a 4 wheeler accident and he had been life-flighted to a hospital an hour away.
When those impossible moments of life come, God can bring unlimited help as well. As we gathered at the hospital, family and friends joined us. Josh had suffered a fractured skull and had a brain bleed. There was some ear and eye damage as well. But he was alive and we were so thankful. After a week in the hospital he was able to come home to begin the journey to recovery. During one of those days, this photo was shot of a rainbow outside the hospital room.
The beginning days of this crisis felt like they would last forever. But each day we continued on with therapy, doctor appointments and healing. Josh was down, but he was not out. He is a fighter and an overcomer. We put our faith in God and He pulled us through. We will never forget that time and the feeling of fear and helplessness, but as we look back now, we see God's hand and help with us every step of the way.
There are times like today to look back and never forget. But then it is time to turn back to look ahead and remember with thankfulness where God has brought us. And firmly resolve to follow and trust in the leading of the Lord.