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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...




Vantage Point: Remembering 9/11

By Ken Horn
Sept. 11, 2011

I’ll never forget that Tuesday morning in Springfield, Mo., nor will any of my co-workers.

The combined workforce of Assemblies of God Headquarters is seated for our weekly 8 a.m. chapel service. Well into the service, Mike Messner, administrator for then General Superintendent Thomas E. Trask, makes his way to Brother Trask’s side and exchanges a few words with him. Trask makes a chilling announcement. The Twin Towers in New York have been hit by airliners.

A lady behind me gasps loudly and begins to weep. People begin to pray spontaneously.

Later we hear of the attack on the Pentagon and the heroism of the passengers aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which had also been hijacked. Their bravery causes this airliner to be the only one of the four that were hijacked to not hit its target, as the plane crashes in a field southeast of Pittsburgh.

The White House is evacuated, and President George W. Bush is flown to a secure location. All flight operations at U.S. airports are halted — the first time ever there has been nationwide stoppage.

Everyone who was old enough to understand what happened that day can tell you where they were and what they were doing when they first heard that vicious and cowardly terrorists had violated our nation.

It is hard to believe that those tragic images first stunned us a full decade ago. For most of us, the images are still vivid and the emotions, still palpable.

In those dark days following the attack, Americans experienced shock, grief, anger and fear. Our great nation, which many felt impenetrable by such an attack, was indeed vulnerable.

People, both those accustomed and unaccustomed to doing so, cried out to God. Some blamed Him. More people found their way into churches. The country stood united. But spiritual renewal and national unity did not last on a widespread basis. In some ways our country is more divided today than it was 10 years ago.

Go with us now as we recall those distressing days, the providence of God, and His continuing care for our nation.

Ken Horn
Editor

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