On the 1st anniversary of 9/11, a few Highland Community College students and I presented an outdoor program for the campus. On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, a more elaborate program was presented by the Houghton College Symphonic Winds and Friends (a few faculty and staff members from other areas, an area singer, and others). Below is the program from that occasion:
Unique features of this program included poetry readings and an impassioned presentation of Psalm 27 accompanied by harp, with interludes. Those aware of my lack of typical patriotism might be surprised to see that I planned this program, but my heart was all in the planning and the execution of it. I believe it was a meaningful evening.
On this anniversary, now fifteen years after that day, I pause to remember again. I remember the disbelief. I remember the fear. I remember a vague sense of hopelessness. Yet I recognize that God is above even horrific evil, terror, and unimaginable human pain. God has provided for eternal living.
P.S. Another blog of mine deals with my book Subjects of the Kingdom. That book aims to point all Christians to the surpassing allegiance due to the King of All, while questioning allegiance pledged to the U.S.A. and most forms of service offered to any nation-state. The book’s overall thrust is toward the Kingdom of God. In that course, it deals in some depth with the history of so-called “pacifist” thought and practice. I invite all readers of this blog to click over to the other blog and follow it, as well. It is a book blog—a very different type of blog—and is far less active than this one.