Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Child's View


It's Saturday Centus time again! I've been attending yet another wedding and am now running out to a baptism, but I didn't want to let this weekend go by without remembering 9/11 and its significance to each one of us and our nation. I hope all of you will forgive me for going over 100 words, but I needed a few more to express the thoughts of my heart. The prompt, as always, is in red.

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9/11: A Child's View

©2011 Susan Noyes Anderson


Mother, may I ask why God allows such awful things?

Surely His hand could stay the devastation terror brings.

He made the mighty waters and the vast, eternal skies;

no living creature falls to earth unseen before His eyes.

His hand has power to heal and bless and save; then why the pain?

How could a Lord who loves His children let this evil reign?

If God can save us all, why did 3,000 die in vain?

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All men are free to choose, and choose they must for good or ill,

yet consequence leaves ripples that extend beyond our will.

God's power to save is limitless, in heaven and on earth;

through Him, each living thing fulfills the measure of its birth.

The victory Christ won for us transcends this world of tears

and raises us beyond the reach of present foes and fears.

Trust Him, my child; all things will be restored when He appears.

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31 comments:

yaya said...

Of course you are forgiven..these words are beautiful and even 10yrs later I have chills that come up my spine when the photos and stories of that day are shared.

Catherine said...

So beautifully written. Wow Sue! You amaze me.

Karen S. said...

very touching and nicely written, thank you.

Judie said...

I still remember clearly the horror of that morning. We were in Prince Rupert, B.C., on our way back to Banff with our cousins. I cried all the way back. I wanted to go home so badly, but we could not leave Canada, by plane or by car. It was 10 days before we could leave. I wanted to gather my children in my arms and never let them go.

A beautiful piece, Sue. You are beautiful.

Darlene said...

How did you ever write this poem between going to a wedding and a baptism? You are unbelievable, my dear daughter. I know how you hate it when I rave about your abilities a little too much, but honestly this poem is just so beautiful. The poetry just flows out of you. Thanks

Dazee Dreamer said...

beautiful. I often as myself those same questions.

Gail said...

I watched a new show tonight that speaks of the 911 survivors or the victims families and how they have been reassured by their loved ones, they are still with them...very interesting.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

A very touching tribute. I especially like the line that "consequence leaves ripples that extend beyond our will." Thank you for this one, Sue.
xoRobyn

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

PS Sorry to use the word tribute. I'm realizing that's probably not the right word. But it does make for a special tribute. xo

Grandma Honey said...

Isn't that the most comforting sentence of all times:
"Trust Him, my child; all things will be restored when He appears."

Thank you Sue. I needed to be reminded of that today.

Jo said...

beautifully written Sue

Susannah said...

So nicely written.

jfb57 said...

A very lovely and appropriate post for this sad time. Well written (& I forgive you going over the word limit!)

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

You brought a measure of comfort to your readers with this piece, Sue.
Thank you for that.

Daydreamertoo said...

A lovely, gentle prayer. It must begin with the children. And, God has nothing to do with man's foolish deeds. he gave us free will, and this is what we are chosing (so far) to do with it.
Powerful message in this lovely, heartfelt piece.

Karen Mortensen said...

Love it. John Bytheway talked about this. He also said something about how many things that He has prevented that we don't even know about. Who is to say that he even prevented some stuff on 9-11? The good part of this is, that we will know all of the answers and it will all make sense.

Ames said...

Beautifully written Sue. I remember that day as if it were yesterday. I was just coming home from work and my sister called me crying, wanting to know if I was ok. I still tear up when I think of that day. I kept every paper and magazine I could. I want my grandchildren to understand what happened so the lives of those lost will never be forgotten. Hugs!~Ames

Viki said...

Wonderful. Brings a kind of understanding and peace about things. Good job.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sue, a beautiful piece, filled with emotion and understanding. With this post, you turned a day of terror into a day of understanding. laurie

June Freaking Cleaver said...

Great poem!

I don't know of a way to explain this to a child - when we adults have difficulty processing the events ourselves.

Your poem really works well!

Brian Miller said...

smiles. just read another post asking why he turned his back that day...and i dont think he did...i think perhaps he cried...

karen said...

Beautiful Sue. As always. LaMar and I went to a 9/11 memorabilia presentation at the Nixon Library, and I couldn't get through it with dry eyes. Every picture, every story still breaks my heart.

Donna said...

You gave me chills down my spine reading this, Sue. So well done and perfect census for this tribute.

Amy said...

I really appreciate all of the tributes posted today. They are very touching. Yours especially. Thank you.

michelle said...

This was awesome.

gautami tripathy said...

I am so touched..


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Caroline said...

Beautiful. Moving. Comforting.

Restored they WILL be. Amen, Sue.

I loved this. Thank you.

Fiauna said...

Another great one! You always seem to know just way to say and how to say it.

Tammy Gail said...

Amen!!

cj Schlottman said...

Oh, Sue. This is achingly beautiful.

Namaste..........cj

PS - Thanks for you comment on "Ragtop."

Jenny said...

Sue, such a beautifully written powerful and poignant post.

You captured my feelings of this day of loss so well.

You are truly amazing.

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