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By Dean Cowles | Mon, 12 Sep 2011"It's 10:28 EST when the North Tower fell. I'm watching the moving 9/11 memorial as each name is read. I'm moved to tears listening to the boy who was in his mother's womb when his father was killed. I was at ground zero on the first anniv, hearing those thousands of names called out for hours. Hearing them again reminded me of Is 43 "I have called you by name, you are mine"
Paul Simon is singing "Bridge over Troubled Waters" . . . and the sound of silence . . . 10,000 people maybe more . . . people writing songs without singing . . . hear my words that I might teach you . . . and the people bowed and prayed . . . "
This was my Facebook post yesterday.
Like all of you I'll never forget where I was when the towers were struck and fell. I was on my way to Compassion headquarters in Colorado Springs for some important meetings. But that morning put all meetings on hold. For awhile it felt like life was on hold.
We made it through those dark days but 10 years later we're still scared, insecure, and questioning just about everything.
This is especially true for kids living in NYC where the world's attention nearly everyday is turned to the news to see if any new threat, bomb, or blast shakes the morning rush hour.
Following the 9/11 attack many wonderful Compassion donors dug deep in their pocket to do whatever they could to help the kids in NYC. So we went right to work, trying to get in contact via phone and email to our NYC partners. They thanked us and admitted that it wasn't clear yet what to do. A few needed beds, clothing, supplies which we shipped right away. The Lambs Church where I served as an intern needed some temp walls build in the large fellowship hall for the families that needed some shelter.
However the common request was for us to find someway to help get kids out of the city to feel safe somewhere. So we called Christian camps. Our Board Chairman ran one of those camps. We ended up helping hundreds of kids just get out of town for a few weeks in the countryside while the dust literally settled.
So are there still needs 10 years later? Yes, and your team can be part of the helping and healing process for those still living under the strain of not knowing where the next attack might come from. Your love and compassion goes a long way to ease that stress in many lives.
And I personally have a bit of that concern. Our oldest son Grant just started NYU Law School. He tells us not to worry but we're parents and can't help it. We were there two weeks ago helping him move in. We stayed at the World Trade Center Hotel on the 18th floor overlooking the 9/11 memorial and the new buildings going up.
I'll never forget 9/11/01 nor returning for the first anniversary. And I won't soon forget looking over that same "ground zero" a few weeks ago wondering if we'll face that kind of tragedy again. I hope not.
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