2014 Symbols of 9/11/2001

As I listen to the live feed of the reading of the names of 9/11 victims this morning, I’m hyper-aware of symbols I’ve already seen today that brought back with crystal clarity the tragic morning that changed the way we viewed our life and homeland:

  • A large USA flag at half-mast
  • Facebook posts with poignant images
  • A plane flying past a tall building

I remember the hope that many found in the image of an “accidental” cross in the midst of the World Trade Center wreckage. Those who look always find reminders of God’s presence hovering near chaos and destruction.

Consider this thought from author Ann Voskamp:

“Hey Soul? Those places you’re feeling empty? Those formless places in you, your family, your year–

‘In the beginning…the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over…’ Genesis 1:1-2.

Where your hopes haven’t happened yet–the Spirit of God hovers near. Where it’s dark and deep, Your Divine Helper hovers close. Where it’s formless, it’s not hopeless, because you have a Father who hovers near, His love spread over you like wings.”

9/11 could symbolize despair and emptiness, but Americans have struggled to find hope in this darkness. It’s difficult sometimes, especially as we remember and grieve with those who still grieve, 13 years later.

That’s why I was delighted to witness, immediately after I saw that mournful flag, a rainbow–the ultimate symbol of Promise. He has promised never to forsake us, and we can find hope in that promise, no matter our circumstances.

The team at Fellowship One honors those who lost their lives or loved ones on September 11, 2001. May they rest in peace.

What symbols have you seen today that brought you hope?