Sunday, September 11, 2011

a prophet's words on 9/11

my church's prophet, thomas s. monson, wrote an op ed for the The Washington Post with his thoughts on the events of 9/11 and the ways it changed our lives

but most specifically, how those events should still be changing our lives today

the words are simply beautiful.

"Our Father’s commitment to us, His children, is unwavering. Indeed He softens the winters of our lives, but He also brightens our summers. Whether it is the best of times or the worst, He is with us. He has promised us that this will never change."


a decade ago, i got to school at 6:30am as usual
there was a sign on my classroom door telling us to go to the cafeteria
weird, i thought
in the cafeteria, all the tv's were on
except for some scattered whispers and a couple people crying, it was eerily quiet

the girl next to me, who i barely knew, turned to me and confessed her long struggle with an eating disorder and how it helped her feel in control of her life
it seemed like an odd time to spill that kind of thing
to a total stranger, no less
tragedy compels us do interesting things

i remember all the footage on the news in the following days and weeks
there's an image of a fireman carrying a child out of the rubble that's been etched in my mind ever since
i think, this is when i first became patriotic
the following summer marked the first time i ever cried on the 4th of july
[and trust me, it has happened every year since]

can you believe it's been 10 years?
where were you on sept. 11, 2001?


i know my sunday posts haven't been following my typical book of mormon pattern for a couple weeks
but, i am still reading
almost there, kids!
hope you're still reading too.


Emma Frances said...

I love that we have a prophet to speak the word of God during these hard times.

Meg said...


Katie, I'm in Idaho (random I know) doing grad school.

Are you still in AZ? You're a great writer!! Ha ha, probs bc of all that time spent at the PR Office. Ha ha. Hope you are well.