I was in my apartment getting ready for class during my 2nd year at the University of Wyoming when I first heard about the plane crash. The news came through scratchy on my roommate’s alarm clock radio. I listened just enough to know that there was some kind of plane accident, but I didn’t really pay much attention. Plane crashes happen from time to time and though they are tragic, they are usually not ground-breaking news. I continued to get ready and then walked to the ag building.
When I got to my 8 am commodities and futures marketing class, I knew something was wrong. My professor, usually a well-composed intellectual sort of guy, looked visible shaken. He wheeled in an old TV and turned on the news. The normally chatty class was completely silent as we watched footage of the tragedies in New York, Washington D.C. and Ohio. After only about 15 minutes, he shut the TV off and urged us all to go home.
Tragedies like the attacks on 9/11 don’t make sense. It reminds us all that there is incredible evil in our world. My heart aches for the folks who lost friends and family in the attacks that day and in the war on terror since then. I pray that God will give all those people comfort and peace.
Remembering 9/11/01 today also reminds me to keep my focus on what is important in life. Sure I have big dreams of cattle ranching, writing and rodeo, but truly loving God, my family and friends and treasuring all the time I have with them is the most important.“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” ~ Matthew 6:19-21 Photo Credit