English: World Trade Center cross in the debri...

English: World Trade Center cross in the debris of 6 World Trade Center. Original description: “This debris field in the center of the U.S. Customhouse at 6 World Trade Center was caused by pieces that fell from the North Tower. Steel beams formed several crosses in the midst of the debris field.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Twelve years ago today, my 5-year-old daughter and I had just finished a short time of homeschool kindergarten and I had sent her to her room to play for a while.

That’s when Debbie called. “Voni, do you have the news on?”

“No, we’ve been doing homeschool. What’s up?”

That’s when the school stopped for the day as I sat wide-eyed in front of the TV, watching the repeats of the planes hitting the World Trade Center towers.


Barely breathing.

Knowing our country would go to war.

Wracking my brain. For I would have to tell our daughter before she heard someone else talk about it. How do you tell a 5-year-old about terrorism? Death? War?

It was time to get out of the house before I obsessed, so I called Leah and we went to run some errands and visit the park.

After about the third stop, Leah looked at me and asked, “Mommy, why is everyone so sad and quiet today?”

That’s when I had to tell her. Let her watch  video of the attacks. Once. Only once. Pray with her for the rescuers and the injured and the families of the dead and our country.

Imagine. 9-11 affected our country so deeply, that a 5-year-old sensed something wrong in the community.

Lord God, I beg that you will continue to turn our hearts toward You as You did that day. Twelve years ago. And make our daughter, and those of her generation, strong and godly leaders for our future. For none of us are immune.

He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matt 5:45

The same passage tells us to pray for our enemies, so I lift up all those who would tear down this country. Soften them that they can hear Your soft, gentle voice speaking to their hearts.

English: The World Trade Center cross, also kn...

English: The World Trade Center cross, also known as the Ground Zero cross, found amidst the debris of the World Trade Center following the September 11, 2001 attacks which resembles the proportions of a Christian cross. As it stands in 2008 at St. Peter’s Church, which faces the World Trade Center site. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


PS…Where were you 12 years ago today?