As a Christian, I have heard the hymn, "Were You There" many times. It is usually sung during the Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday service in my Parish. I am sure, many of you have heard it. It is haunting and solemn. The way it should be. Recently, however, I have listened to the lyrics and paid closer attention. So, on this ten year anniversary of the most horrific attack on our American soil, I ask the Lord; were you there?
Were you there, when the planes were hijacked? When the innocent faces of the passengers turned from the dull gaze of a plane trip to the terrified stares of a confused people?
Were you there when the first tower was hit? Did you feel the anguish of the lives that ended too suddenly?
Were you there when the second tower was hit? Did you feel the anguish of yet another group of people who's lives ended before their time should have been up?
Were you there in Pennsylvania and Washington when the planes took more lives? Were you there when the United States of America was brought to its knees by the misguided hatred of those who swore to serve your mission on Earth? A mission that humans manufactured in order to serve a purpose born of hate.
Were you there when the towers collapsed and buried their sons and daughter under tons of debris?
Did you hear the prayers of those who jumped from such a great height?
Did you hear the prayers of the families left behind who begged you to let their wives, husbands, daughters, sons, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends, co-workers, live?
Were you there when the terrorists screamed your name in invocation of the murder of thousands?
Are you present in the tears of the families who will never see their loved ones again?
Were you there when we cried and begged you to make it stop?
Are you here now?
Does our pain still ring in your Spirit?
Do you feel us when we give up on you?
Do you try to bring us back to you?
Are you listening?
Do you know why I feel it is alright to be angry with you sometimes?
Because I know that you will always forgive me.
It causes me to tremble.