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Where Were You On September 11th, Where Was God

Updated on June 5, 2011

Where were you on Sept 11, Were Was God

Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2001. Were you in NY? Sleeping? Driving? What were your first thougths when you heard the news? Did you ever wonder where God was on September 11? Did you ever wonder why God let that happen? This poem sums it up, and answers the question to "Where was God on Sept 11?" Warning: persons viewing this lens may be overcome with tears or sympathy or tears of joy. May also cause a sense of pride for our country and soldiers.

This is a very heartfelt lens that includes information on 9-11, poems, interview with the "Lone Survivor", photos, Ode to America, American Pride, the Lonely Soldier, the Cost of War in Iraq and more.

Where Was God On Septemeber 11, 2001?

(God explains)

"I know you're mad at Me right now. That's alright. People have been mad at Me before and will be again. Being mad is part of being human. My Son got mad, too. It's all right to be mad sometimes at injustice, for example, or the lack of charity."

"You probably think I am unjust and uncharitable when an airplane goes down like that. All those people lost. The children gone. It doesn't seem right; it can't be loving. You ask, 'Where was God?' Why did He allow that to happen?"

"I allow it to happen because I allow you freedom. I could have left you on a string and made you dance all day without getting tired. I could have moved your mouth for you and made you sing all night without growing hoarse. I could have pulled a wire that would have let you soar skyward and never fall."

"I could have, but I didn't because I love you so much. I want you to be free to decide when to dance and sing. Free to determine when you will come to Me in faith and hope. Because you are free, some of you choose not to dance or sing. Some of you select hatred over love, revenge over forgiveness, bombs over a helping hand. As you choose, I watch. I do not disappear. I listen to both the songs and the bombs. AND I REMEMBER."

"Where was God?" you wonder...I was there. I whispered in the ear of a little girl, 'Don't be afraid, I am with you.' I held the hand of a business woman as tightly as she clutched mine. I cradled a pilot against my shoulder as if he were a baby again."

"Amid the paralyzing fear, I was there, as I was there with my Son in the garden. Amid the unbearable pain, I was there, as I was with Him as He was whipped. Amid the terrible realization that life was ending too soon, I was there, with Him as He hung on the cross and asked, like you, "My God, why have you forsaken Me?"

"I had not forsaken Him. I did not forsake them. I was there as they fell, and as they rose to eternal joy. I listened to their anger, answered their questions and showed them why they had been created. Not to end that way, but to live with Me forever."

"In an instant, they came into existence. As you did. In an instant, they left this world. As you will. But beyond that last instant, I kept my promise... A little girl dances, a business woman sings, and a pilot keeps his wings forever."

Where were you on September 11? Do you remember what you were doing when the first plane hit the towers?

An Ode to America

This is an excerpt from a Romanian Newspaper. The article was written by Mr. Cornel Nistorescu and published under the title "C"ntarea Americii, meaning "Ode To America" on September 24, 2002 in the Romanian newspaper Evenimentulzilei ("The Daily Event" or "News of the Day").

~An Ode to America~

Why are Americans so united? They would not resemble one another even if you painted them all one color! They speak all the languages of the world and form an astonishing mixture of civilizations and religious beliefs. Still, the American tragedy turned three hundred million people into a hand put on the heart. Nobody rushed to accuse the White House, the army, and the secret services that they are only a bunch of losers. Nobody rushed to empty their bank accounts. Nobody rushed out onto the streets nearby to gape about. The Americans volunteered to donate blood and to give a helping hand.

After the first moments of panic, they raised their flag over the smoking ruins, putting on T-shirts, caps and ties in the colors of the national flag. They placed flags on buildings and cars as if in every place and on every car a government official or the president was passing. On every occasion, they started singing their traditional song: "God Bless America!" I watched the live broadcast and rerun after rerun for hours listening to the story of the guy who went down one hundred floors with a woman in a wheelchair without knowing who she was, or of the California hockey player, who gave his life fighting with the terrorists and prevented the plane from hitting a target that could have killed other hundreds or thousands of people.

How on earth were they able to respond united as one human being? Imperceptibly, with every word and musical note, the memory of some turned into a modern myth of tragic heroes. And with every phone call, millions and millions of dollars were put in a collection aimed at rewarding not a man or a family, but a spirit, which no money can buy.

What on earth can unite the Americans in such a way? Their land? Their galloping history? Their economic Power? Money? I tried for hours to find an answer, humming songs and murmuring phrases with the risk of sounding commonplace.

I thought things over, but I reached only one conclusion...Only freedom can work such miracles

The Flag of The United States of America

I am the flag of the United States of America.

I am the flag of the United States of America. My name is old glory. I fly atop the world's tallest buildings. I stand guard with power. Look up and see me.

I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice. I stand for freedom. I am confident. I am arrogant. I am proud. When I am flown with fellow banners, my head is a little higher, my colors a little truer. I bow to no one!

I am recognized all over the world. I am saluted. I am loved-I am revered I am respected-and I am feared.

I have fought in every battle of every war for more then 200 years. I was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Shiloh and Appamatox. I was there at San Juan Hill, Thee Trenches of France, in the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome and the beaches of Normandy. Guam. Okinawa. Korea and Khesan, Saigon, and Vietnam. I was there. I led my troops. I was dirty. Battle worn, and tired, but my soldiers cheered me and I was proud.

I have been burned, torn and trampled on the streets of countries I have help set free. It does not hurt, for I am invincible. I have been soiled upon, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of my country. And when it's by those whom I've served in battle- it hurts. But I shall overcome - for I am strong.

I have slipped the bonds of the earth and stood watch over the uncharted frontiers of space from my vantage point on the moon. I have borne silent witness to all American's finest hours. But my finest hours are yet to come.

When I am torn into strips and used as bandage for my wounded comrades on the battlefield. When I am flown at half-mast to honor my soldiers or when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving parent at the grave of their fallen son or daughter. I am proud.

MY NAME IS OLD GLORY LONG MAY I WAVE

The Lonely Soldier

~I am a lonely soldier

I fought in many wars

I gave my life for all my friends

I did it for a cause

I had so many dreams in life

But now they've gone away

My family they remember me

Just constantly they pray

They place a wreath upon my grave

They speak of what I've done

My body lies within this tomb

I am America's son

I tried to do the best I could

To fight for freedom's cause

I prayed that I would save the day

Forever was my loss

I made this special sacrifice

So you could all live free

I am an American soldier

My life a victory

So now when you remember me

I want you all to know

I appreciate this day you give

It's pride that makes me glow

I was proud to serve my country

Proud to die for peace

Proud to be the biggest part

Of the freedom our life speaks

I really did not want to die

I had to save a friend

I did this to protect his life

This honor I defend

So as I lie here in my grave

I hear the soldier's march

Timed in step to fight their best

American's own heart

The colors that I wore for you

I wear them in my grave

The medals spread across my chest

They make my soul ablaze

I'm proud to be an American

My soul in peaceful place

Remember on this special day

A soldier's blessed in peace

My heart is still there is no beat

This love I had sincere

I fought for peace and honor too

My colors were Red White and Blue

So think of me as years do pass

Remember what I say

I'm proud to be an American

I served the U.S.A

~ God Bless All Our Soldiers ~

This book is awesome! I know 3 grown men who have read it and it brought them all to tears. The "Lone Survivor" is a true American Hero. GOD was with him, no doubt about that.

In June 2005, Marcus Luttrell, a Nay Seal, and 4 other Seals left their base in northern Afghanistan and headed for the Pakistani border on a mission to capture or kill a notorious al Quaeda leader. Less than 24 hours later they were all dead except for 1, Marcus Luttrell.

The story is of this team and the desperate battle in the mountains that led to the largest loss of life in Navy Seal History. This book is a tribute to his teammates, who made the ultimate sacrifice for their county.

Interview with The "Lone Survivor", Marcus Luttrell - What an incredible story!!! An true American Hero

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty

The American's Creed

The American's Creed

I believe in the Untied States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic, a sovereign nation of many sovereign states; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity, for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag; and to defend it against all enemies.

The Creed was written in 1918 by William Tyler Page of Friendship Heights, Maryland in the course of a nationwide contest on the subject. Page was a descendent of President Tyler, and Representative John Page, who served in the Congress from 1789-97.

Where were you on Sept 11, 2001?

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      manolo-m-araujo 4 years ago

      @snrklz: I was having sex

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      snrklz 4 years ago

      I was watching tv and they cut away from whatever I had been watching to show the terrible news. It was heartwrenching.

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      alicia1966 5 years ago

      The question is "Where was God on 9/11? That's a good question!!! A country that took God out of their schools out of their government and in some areas you can't even mention Jesus or God. We can't only look to God in times of tradegy but we must be focused on him everyday!!!. The enemy is the one to blame for all the sorrow. God is good all the time. My heart goes out to all the families who lost a loved one. We will never forget!!!

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      I was at home getting my daughter ready for her first day of school. My husband was at 7 World Trade. It was one of the worst days ever. I fell to the ground when I found out and the rest went in slow motion. My husband was one of the lucky ones who made it home that night but I know several people who didn't.

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      starstreamdesign 5 years ago

      I was at home in NYC about 1.5 miles away from the WTC. My brother called to tell me. I went out to my balcony to see the smoke rising. Ran to my building's rooftop and watched it unfold before my eyes. NYC was a different place that day. I knew someone who was killed in the WTC that day and too many who had close calls.

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      DougAllen 6 years ago

      I was driving my kids to school and heard about it on the radio. After consoling them and getting them safely to the school, I drove home and watched the TV with my wife. We saw the second plane hit the tower, unbelievable! It was a very somber day. Unforgettable!

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I was in my office in Indiana working when I saw a news headline on the internet. I spent most of the rest of the day in the break room watching the events unfold on the tv. I could not believe what I was seeing. That day was also my son's 21st birthday. He never got to celebrate it, nobody felt like celebrating on that day.

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      LisaDH 6 years ago

      I heard about the attacks when I got to my office in San Francisco. It was about 7 am and I'd been on an hour-long train ride without any cell phone, TV or radio service. Our vice president was the only other person who arrived that early, and we met at the door. He got out of the cab where he'd heard the news on the radio and told me a plane had flown into the World Trade Center. I really didn't understand what he was saying, but then I went upstairs and turned on the computer and started reading. My partner called shortly thereafter and asked me to come home because they were saying another plane was headed toward San Francisco. I turned around and went back home before anyone else arrived at work. Then we were glued to the TV as they replayed those horrible events over and over.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I was working, as a home care nurse. My patient fell asleep after breakfast, so I was watching The Today Show. I heard the reports almost as soon as the first plane hit the WTC, and watched in disbelief as the second one hit. I was scheduled for a long international flight on Sept. 14, which was canceled. When I was notified that a flight was available, I considered not going, but I did. I was so touched by the kindness of people in the country I visited. As soon as anyone realized I was an American, they'd shake my hand and tell me how sorry they were about the tragedy.

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      yourgoldenfuture 6 years ago

      working...

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      dannystaple 6 years ago

      I was at work, it was around mid-morning here in the uk. My first reaction as a colleague told me was that I didn't believe it - I thought he was pulling my leg (the guy was a joker at times), we then pretty much dropped what we were doing and watched the scenes unfold - it was like something from the movies - it just seemed unreal. Living in London, I dodged 7/7/05 by being off work for the day because I was moving house - whew.

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      I'm on the West Coast, so it was early morning my time when it happened. I had logged on to my computer and saw a headline about the president speaking out about a terrorist attack, but I just assumed it was something that had happened in another country. It wasn't until I got to my car and turned the radio on that I found out what had happened.

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      We were preparing to drive from Lake Tahoe to Iowa for my brother's wedding. I turned on the TV and saw the second plane crash into the tower. At first I thought it was a movie trailer. When I realized it was real I woke my husband up and we talked about whether or not we should go on this planned trip. We did go and everything was fine. As we drove across the country I couldn't believe the displays of patriotism that we saw. Flags on cars, buildings, fences, cranes, everywhere. Many marquees had patriotic messages. It was encouraging to see such unity. Lensrolled to my USS New York and September 11 lens.

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      TriviaChamp 7 years ago

      I fell asleep on the couch with the TV on the night before and woke up to news. It was all quite surreal.

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      LisaDH 7 years ago

      I had just arrived at work in San Francisco around 7 am after an hour+ commute with no news. I heard the news from one of our vps, and then a few minutes later my partner called and told me to come home because the news was saying one of the planes could be heading to San Francisco. (Flight 93 that crashed in PA was originally bound for SF). It was all so crazy. I left a note for my boss and went home. Everyone else who arrived later was also sent home. Such a very, very sad day.

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      kab 7 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I was in college. I had an 11:00 class, and so I watch the towers fall and then went to class. Many students, having just woken up before coming to class, were unaware it even happened. There was a pre-planned blood drive happening at the school. I spend the next 4 1/2 hours in line to give blood - since we were just 2 hours from the city, hundreds of students came to give blood. A line wrapped zig zag around a lounge down a flight of steps, around a ballroom, and down another flight of steps. Everyone wanted to do the only thing they could think of to help.

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      I was at home working at my computer. My husband called from work and said "turn on CNN, a plane hit the WTC just a few moments ago". I saw the second impact and all that followed. I was in shock, crying and wondering who-how-why like the rest of the world. I remember the eerie silence outdoors without the constant background noise from planes, trains and heavy traffic in the distance. I still think about that day, and it always brings to mind other events during my lifetime with similar impact (Kent State, assassinations, Oklahoma bombing, invasion of Iraq to name a few). I hope someone is watching and guiding us toward a better path ...

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      Brookelorren LM 7 years ago

      I was working as the Force Protection Assistant in Naples, Italy. I was starting to pack up and go home early, it was an uneventful day and my boss was in the US getting married. Needless to say, I didn't get home until after midnight, and then got 4 hours of sleep that night, to come back early the next day. I think I worked 12 hour days for months afterwards. I'm adding this lens to my Top News Stories of the Decade lens.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      I was making breakfast and watching GMA in disbelief...like it was sureal. Yes, God was there, heart broken asking, "this is what you do with your choices"? I hope we have learned form this, but I doupt it...

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      Karen I Olsen 8 years ago from Seattle, WA USA

      I'd gone back to bed after doing my early-morning desk shift in our apartment building. I got up mid-morning, walked down to the lobby, and saw the desk staffer staring at the TV screen. I saw live video of the Twin Towers; just one was on fire then. I recognized the buildings, but I actually thought it was a movie at first! The desk staffer, I think, said, "No, the WTC was just hit by a plane!" Then I saw a hastily-scrawled note on our door from the building's director: "Stay away from government buildings--there have been terrorist attacks in NY and DC." It was while sitting in the waiting room of a local state agency shortly after this that a bunch of us saw the second plane hit the Towers. I raced up to the University District, got online at my church's library, and started looking up any news source I could--all while hoping and praying that the hijackers weren't Muslims, because I have loads of Muslim friends in Seattle, and...well, you can imagine how they felt then...

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      WhitU4ever 8 years ago

      I was driving to work when I noticed that the usual planes that flew over the freeway were not flying anymore. I turned on the radio to discover why. When I arrived at work, everyone was in the back room watching a portable TV that they had borrowed from the school. We were all crying. No one could concentrate, so we were sent home to be with our families for the rest of the day.

      I worked at a church, and shortly after 911, we received one call after another to pray for the safety of soldiers volunteering to go to war.

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      dlgray 8 years ago

      We were out of the country in the Cayman Islands on a boat tour to Stingray City. We saw the 2nd plane hit the tower live on TV before we left for the tour. When we got there, we all took a vote on whether to continue on with the trip. There was a couple from NY on the tour. We left it up to them. They agreed to go on with the tour....it was a VERY somber time. The wife of the tour operator kept calling us on the ship and updating what was happening. When the towers fell we were on the way back in and all was silent for the rest of the tour. It gives me chills just to think about it even today!!! We were locked out of the country for 5 days. No international flights were allowed in or out. All the Caymanians were putting out US flags and offering us condolences. We left for home on the 6th day and it was the longest trip of our life as you can well imagine what was going on at the airports!!!!

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      Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

      My hubby and I were watching the today show. We live in Maryland, pretty close to DC. When the second plane hit we just instinctively went to the school to pick up our 3 kids. They actually closed school early that day.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      I was on my way to my job at CBS (Hollywood) and heard things unfold on the radio. I had been to the top of the WTC and knew the magnitude of the damage even before seeing the photos and videos. We were all sent home since television networks were considered targets that day, but no one wanted to leave.

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I was working and as we were trying to figure out what was going on, our boss kept telling us to get back to work. A stressful day I'll never forget.

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I was at work, at a Borders store and we ended up listening to it all on the radio. Very intense and scary time.

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      Christene-S 8 years ago

      I was at work (at the same firm as my husband). Everyone in the office heard about the first plane from the radio and we all went into our bosses living room (his house was attached) to watch the news on TV. We saw the second plane hit. My daughter was only 2 months old and with my mother in law...I was a nervous wreck.

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      Everyday-Miracles 8 years ago

      I lived in England when it happened. It was so surreal. We were watching television and it came on the news. I thought it was fake: I couldn't believe it. I think it took me days to realize that the twin towers really had been brought down. It was strange and hard to be an American in a foreign country on 9-11-01. I will never forget it, and I don't know that I will ever overcome the regret that I still feel that I wasn't here, at home.

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      Patrick_Smith 8 years ago

      Stunning.