13 Years Later…

What a tragedy that occurred thirteen years ago. Families shattered, scars that are still yet to be healed, hearts that are still feeling pain. Understandably, coping is continuing to be a discipline, as well as a challenge.

If there is any light at the end of such a dark tunnel, it is that unity is such great therapy to heal wounds. Bonding together, creating strong support, does wonders in releasing heaviness from unforgettable and shocking events like the one America experienced on September 11, 2001.

While we as a country – especially the media – are prone to consider anything “yesterday’s news” that is not “breaking news,” the families and friends of all the victims are left with an indelible mark that may take a lifetime to formulate a remedy.

Here is the best advice I can give you. Continue to PRAY. Pray for peace. Pray for comfort. Pray for a strong circle of people who will help you through your pain.

And, here is the hardest one. PRAY FOR FORGIVENESS. I know – trust me, I do – that it is tough, but it is 1) the beginning of freedom, 2) a sign of your personal strength, and 3) a message to the conspirators that what they did will no longer have power over you, allowing negative feelings that constantly overtake you to cease.

Allow this day to recall positive times that you shared with your loved ones. Take a moment to walk a short path and just think about how much you have healed from the incident, and how relieved you feel that you have the strength to forgive.

If you have not reached that point yet, it’s okay. Work to get there, and use today to journal your thoughts about your path in approaching there.

Let’s band together, healing each other heal. A community of support is one of the best types of therapy.


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