Sixteen years ago, on 9/11, I was serving on active duty in the Air Force at Dover Air Force Base. I remember it like it was yesterday. My fellow airmen and I watched the events unfold on television, as the planes hit the towers, the Pentagon, and crashed into that Pennsylvania field. My heart sank as the towers collapsed, and I realized what I was watching…thousands of innocent lives being lost. I was stationed on the largest air base in the northeast, located directly between New York and Washington, D.C. It was intense and surreal, and we couldn’t help but fear that we may be the next target. It was an eerie feeling to have our military aircraft grounded as we watched and waited for news of any other potential high-jacked planes. And being involved in the devastating aftermath of the Pentagon is something I will never be able to erase from my mind. At the time, it was hard for me to imagine how this could somehow be part of God’s plan or that it could, in some way, work for good. But as the days, weeks, and months went on, I witnessed unending acts of patriotism, compassion, kindness, caring, and love, unlike any other I’ve seen in my life. And while my personal relationship with Christ wouldn’t develop for several more years, 9/11 was one of the catalysts that ultimately led me to Him.

Jamie

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