Friday, September 11, 2009

9-11 (2001 and 2009)

I may have posted this prior, sorry if it is a repeat .... but wanted to post today.

The words below are my reaction in the following days of 9-11. I was hearing a lot about why this could have happened and learning more than I ever wanted to know about people who hate America.

Some chose revenge, some chose to stay ignorant, some chose to pray, some chose the call to defend, some chose fear, some chose to divide us, some chose love,.....
I chose to "wake up" on 9-11.

It’s About Time” -America

Thank you SEPTEMBER ELEVENTH for awakening me from my comfortable middle-age nap.

I was couch potato like-
Lulled into complacency by the rich meal of prosperity,
Over fed by my middle class life.

Groggy as I was-
I didn’t even know I was chosen.
Too sedated to care much of the “other world’s” woes.

The alarm came-
Shocking and too loud to ignore.
No snooze button to be found.
Time to stretch, rub the sleep from my eyes.

Yes, I am now awake-
Called to stand up, summoned to make a difference.
Justice to be prayed for, liberty to protect.
Life to be grateful for, love to spread.

-by Judy Sebern Beachy

The pictures are from 2006:
On the five year anniversary, The Healing Fields came to Des Moines.

One flag with name, for every person killed in 9-11. It was beautifully painful.....

... And powerfully healing....

Now, I long to remember 9-11 as the last moment we were all one nation.....and grieve this loss in 2009.


  1. Thanks for posting this today. I never made it out to the fields, so thanks for the pics.

    When you have time, send them to me.

  2. Ann, I posted all my pictures on facebook today.

  3. Nice post and poem. Thanks for sharing. A good reminder to stay "Awake!"

  4. wow,what awesome words you wrote. I don't ever want to forget what happened to us, to become complacent or take for granted our wonderful nation. there is NO place like America. great post.

  5. You're right. The divisions in the past 8 years are getting stronger. As terrible as this date is, the days following in 2001 had a lot of caring and affection for each other.