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Where were you when the world stopped turning?

September 11, 2008

alan-jacksonToday marks the 7th anniversary of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and most significantly, ourĀ American homeland. They say that history repeats itself so it is wise to pay close attention to the lessons, both pleasant and painful, that historical events present to us. Tune them out and you slip into denial. How can you learn and grow from that which you deny?

Alan Jackson wrote one of the most beautiful songs about 9/11. He asks us to reflect on where we were that dreadful morning when the attacks began. I’ll share the song lyrics first and then a YouYube video so you can hear the song along with see some of the images of 9/11 that a great many people are trying to deny or forget. While it is unhealthy to dwell or focus too much on the horrific events of that morning, it is even more dangerous to block them out of your head as if they didn’t happen at all. History does indeed repeat itself for those that didn’t learn the first time around.

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
Out in the yard with your wife and children
Working on some stage in LA
Did you stand there in shock at the site of
That black smoke rising against that blue sky
Did you shout out in anger
In fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cryDid you weep for the children
Who lost their dear loved ones
And pray for the ones who don’t know
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below

Did you burst out in pride
For the red white and blue
The heroes who died just doing what they do
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself to what really matters

I’m just a singer of simple songs
I’m not a real political man
I watch CNN but I’m not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
Teaching a class full of innocent children
Driving down some cold interstate
Did you feel guilty cause you’re a survivor
In a crowded room did you feel alone
Did you call up your mother and tell her you love her
Did you dust off that bible at home
Did you open your eyes and hope it never happened
Close your eyes and not go to sleep
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
Speak with some stranger on the street
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Go out and buy you a gun
Did you turn off that violent old movie you’re watching
And turn on “I Love Lucy” reruns
Did you go to a church and hold hands with some stranger
Stand in line and give your own blood
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love

I’m just a singer of simple songs
I’m not a real political man
I watch CNN but I’m not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love

I’m just a singer of simple songs
I’m not a real political man
I watch CNN but I’m not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love

The greatest is love
The greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day

If you’ve never listened to this song it is well worth your time. It’s a wonderful song even without the powerful and emotional message, but when you really listen and think about the meaning behind the song it is hard not to get choked up.

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