Well, we're five years into the post-9/11 world. I told myself last week that I was not going to mention it in this space as it will likely be the most blogged topic of the day elsewhere. I woke up this morning, looked at iCal, saw the date, and realized it probably should be the most blogged topic of the day everywhere.
I have no poignant tribute or pithy summation...just the following observations.
I'm appalled at CNN's decision to rebroadcast the 9/11 events in realtime this morning. The crassness that must predicate this decision is unfathomable. As one person commented "I wonder if they'll provide a printable coupon for popcorn too?"
On 9/11/01, I was teaching a first hour class on Current Events at the Schilling School. Sometimes I wonder what happened to those kids - most of them in their twenties now, and can barely remember a time when we weren't at war with terror. And against terror. And in terror.
On 9/11/01, if you had told me that five years would pass without another major attack, I would have thought it impossible. On September 11, 2006, I still think another attack is inevitible, but most of America won't notice because they'll be watching a reality show on TV. TV is a little like pot in that it makes most people dumber over time. Should this earth continue to spin another few thousand years, they'll uncover our subdivisions in great archeological digs and announce "Surely Panasonic was some sort of god....".
Having started this post at the kitchen counter, I've now moved to the prayer room, where we're closing in on our seventh anniversary of 24/7 prayer. I'm struck with sobriety today....a sobriety of contrasting perspectives that I must embrace.
On this five year anniversary of that horrid crack in time, how does a timeless spirit-being, enveloped in a physical body, respond to physical terror? On one hand, we will soon be liberated from this body of death. On the other, we are tasked with utilizing and stewarding it to the best of our ability. It's as if God Almighty gave us a pouch of dust and told us 'Watch this for me..." to see if we would do it...and in waiting for His return, we've become convinced that the pouch is full of pure gold.