Always Remember

God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.

Amen.

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  1. Randy Wills says:

    Thanks, Jeff. No comment needed.

    Randy

  2. Pause, reflect says:

    Have you forgotten
    by Darryl Worley

    I hear people saying we don’t need this war
    I say there’s some things worth fighting for
    What about our freedom and this piece of ground?
    We didn’t get to keep ‘em by backing down
    They say we don’t realize the mess we’re getting in
    Before you start preaching
    Let me ask you this my friend

    Have you forgotten how it felt that day
    To see your homeland under fire
    And her people blown away?
    Have you forgotten when those towers fell?
    We had neighbors still inside
    Going through a living hell
    And you say we shouldn’t worry ’bout Bin Laden
    Have you forgotten?

    They took all the footage off my T.V.
    Said it’s too disturbing for you and me
    It’ll just breed anger that’s what the experts say
    If it was up to me I’d show it every day
    Some say this country’s just out looking for a fight
    After 9/11 man I’d have to say that’s right

    Have you forgotten how it felt that day
    To see your homeland under fire
    And her people blown away?
    Have you forgotten when those towers fell?
    We had neighbors still inside
    Going through a living hell
    And you say we shouldn’t worry ’bout Bin Laden
    Have you forgotten?

    I’ve been there with the soldiers
    Who’ve gone away to war
    And you can bet they remember
    Just what they’re fighting for

    Have you forgotten all the people killed?
    Some went down like heroes in that Pennsylvania field
    Have you forgotten about our Pentagon?
    All the loved ones that we lost
    And those left to carry on
    Don’t you tell me not to worry about Bin Laden
    Have you forgotten?

    Have you forgotten?
    Have you forgotten?

  3. More reflection says:

    “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)”
    by Alan Jackson

    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 cry

    Did 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

  4. Boston Blackie says:

    AMEN.

  5. Michelle says:

    Thank-you for this photo and prayer. It is precious and exactly what we need to focus on….

  6. lorraine says:

    Thank you Jeff,
    Truer words never spoken….

  7. Gail B. says:

    Amen.

    Thanks, Jeff–I’m with Randy.

  8. graypanther says:

    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

    Excuse me, but what’s the message here? “I’m ignorant but devout, and I decided to write a song about it?”

    Sincere faith carries great value — all the more since it’s so rare — but one thing it will NOT do is grant any exemption from the need for education. There are millions of people in the world who believe that the only book they need to read is the Koran, and I think most posters here would disagree.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Prayers for graypanther. Even rags on a simple, from the heart, country song. Must suck to be a bitter old man.

  10. grayknowitall says:

    There really isn’t much difference between Iraq ad Iran, by the way. Hopefully there’s a spider hole awaiting Mahmoud Alliwantisablowjob.

  11. Bitterfinger says:

    Of all the emotions in those lyrics, leave it to an atheist to go nuclear on any spiritual reference.

  12. Poof, it's all here says:

    graypanther is free to write his own songs with the big bang in it.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Two fallen towers.

    A Pentagon collapsing.

    A smoldering field in PA.

    Thousands dead.

    And somebody wants to proof a country song, to whitewash any faith out of it.

    Jeesh.

    The tin man has no heart.

  14. SB says:

    From the song before that one,

    it seems that graypanther,

    just may ‘have forgotten’.

  15. Dean says:

    From one “gray” to another – c’mon gray panther! It is a simple song, beautiful in its simplicity – allow him some poetic/musical license! I’m no country music fan but loved this song – particularly the religious overtones. I guess you need to lay off the geritol if it causes you to be this irascible and bitter.

  16. Dean says:

    Unfortunately, I think we can all remember where we were in answer to Alan Jackson’s question about that September day. Kind of like those of us who were around that November day when the motorcade drove through Dallas with even fewer around who can remember where they were on December 7, 1941. It’s always the really bad days that stick with us.

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