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9-11 A Day For Faith

Good morning to all my friends out there.  Just a quick note...if you are touched or inspired by any of these blogs, can relate or can share a story in return, I would love to have you comment.  You never know where a story is inspired from.  Sometimes, someone will make a statement to me and boom...there it is...a new topic.  So don't be afraid to share or comment back. 
Today's blog is inspired of course because of the remembrance of the day.  Who could forget 9-11.  This day is in our hearts forever.  It has torn apart lives across the world.  We never know when tragedy will happen.  As I sit here this morning I must bow my head in prayer for the losses.  I praise the hero's who were so brave and risked their lives to save those in need. 
As a storyteller, I do a program on 9-11. I tell the inspirational stories that keep the faith alive....for I feel that the attackers were testing our faith on some levels. 
I know a story of a priest who was involved as one of the first responders.  He was there to minister prayer and hear last confessions.  He had just the day before requested some prayer cards from another priest who was, that day going to deliver them.  On his way, he heard of the attack and upon reaching the area, discovered that his friend has perished.  He spent the rest of the day handing out those cards and ministering to the masses.  God was prepared, even though we were not.  God saw at a time when we were blindsided.  God ministered through others. 
Here is the prayer that Father Michal Judge was seeking and Father Wabst had passed out in his place.
Lord, take me where you want me to go.
Let me meet who you want me to meet.
Tell me what you want me to say,
And keep me out of your way
There were many signs of God's presence that day...2 days after the attack on the World Trade center, rescuers searching for bodies through the ruble had discovered 2 large steel beams in the shape of a cross.  This now stands as a reminder at ground zero.  A sign that we are not forgotten or forsaken.  A reminder of the sacrifices that not only was made by one man, but that was made by so many.  That single day, so many sacrificed their lives to save others.  So many sacrificed their lives in each breath they have taken through these past 12 years in their recoveries. 
I look to that day with a double edged sword.  I grieve for the losses and yet I stand tall as an American.  I pray for the souls loss and their survivors and I pray for the American Spirit that had been dampened yet not drowned out. 
I take this time to remind each and every one of us that we live on borrowed time.  That in the darkness of the night we have the rising of the sun and another day to look forward to.  Let us all stand tall and raise our flags in tribute and in remembrance and mostly in faith for one nation under God.

4 Comments to 9-11 A Day For Faith:

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Jim on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 5:37 PM
Debbie, I'm so glad to see to are going all out on your blogs. I thought for a while you might be given up or cutting back. Just because there may not be a whole lot of comments on your blogs ,doesn't mean people are not following. There are so many of of your stories, that so many people can relate to. I myself follow your blog on a daily basis, reading of past events that were special in your life, and were part of your life, which made you the person you are today. Sometimes people need a little jolt in their lives, knowing that people are interested in your stories, to get them motivated and go all out. Well maybe I can be that jolt. I am from the past
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Debi Gajewski on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 7:47 PM
Dear Jim, I am so honored to have you reading my blogs each day. It really means something to have someone identify with them. As a blogger...some people just stay on one subject that is their interest...yet, I have floated all over on various subjects. I am hoping that the thought for the day is something that makes them interesting. You have comment a number of time and I want you to understand how much that really does mean to me. I know that our pasts have seemed similar as you have mentioned in the past...have our paths ever crossed in person other that on the internet? That would be something...wouldn't it? At any rate, thank you so much for your inspiration and pat on the back. I hope that you will continue to enjoy my blogs.

Jeanni on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 6:14 PM
9/11 brings back a lot of horrible memories, but those are far overshadowed by the zillion acts of kindness I have taken time to notice since that horrible day. So many people were reaching out to help others get through the ordeal. I, too, am so very proud of the attitude of so many Americans from that day---in general, the feelings of "Hey, whoever you are....you try to destroy us, but we won't let you do it!" We have had many challenges since then, but each time we stood our ground, helped each other through it! Shootings, bombs planted at Boston Marathon, nothing has knocked us down. We have grown, we have helped each other through it. Our strength as a country and as individuals has been tested time and time again, and yet our Flag still hangs with pride and dignity. I, too, have learned to make it a point each day to say Thank You and I Love You to the ones I care about. PS: Debi & Stan, You are Loved!
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Debi Gajewski on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 7:56 PM
Dear Jeanni, You are always such a dependable friend. I am so glad to hear your comments and you are so right. Our country, overall has proven to be there. It is so hard to watch these tragedies occur and so important for us to remember them. As we hung the flag out today in remembrance, I was saddened to see that we were the only one on the block. I was pleased to see the flag at the fountain on Touhy and Harlem at half staff. You are proof of the thoughtfulness and kindness of mankind. God Bless you through eternity.

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