Fading Scars

September 12, 2010

As September 11th rolled around again this year, businesses, cable channels, radio stations, and others began to honor the memory of the fallen. This is to be expected in a nation marked by tragedy, but as I scrolled through the status updates of friends, I realized our scars may be fading. Most updates touted favorite sports teams, the beautiful weather, weekend plans, recent workouts, and new food endeavors. Their words like that of any other day.

Is this change a good thing? Have our scars begun to heal and fade away?

My guess is many people still ache at the memory of 9/11. We lost husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons. We lost wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters. We lost friends and neighbors. We lost our naivety, our belief that nothing would happen to us. Not this nation. Not that city. Not us. Not now.

But it did happen, and it shook the nation. Church pews were filled. Family members were called. Grudges were dropped. Our words became softer, sweeter, more reflective.

Now?  Nine years later, we still remember, but as the scars fade, our words seem to point to the experiences of the present and the hopes of our future rather than the pain of our past.

God bless America and God bless our troops.

Word of the Week: Strength

Word to the Wise: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  Isaiah 40:31

Disclaimer: Scars can be a sign of strength and survival. May the meaning of the scars never fade away.


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