Posted by: Don Linnen | 11 September 2015

Greater Love Hath No Man…

My instinct is to tell you not to forget. But when it happened before you were born, how can you remember?

Maggie, Sabine, Zadie, there are lessons to be learned from this day. Some come from the most unexpected places. They might be here. More likely they’re in a field of wildflowers.

Yesterday the Flight 93 Memorial Museum was dedicated in a small field in Western Pennsylvania. I’ll leave it to you to read the details of this terrible day in 2001. Your great grandmother, my mom, had passed away barely a month earlier. My consoling thought that day 14 years ago was that she was not alive to see this.

9/11 was a tough time for our nation. But like the surge of life in the spring following a summertime forest fire, “the beauty is in the recovery.” That reflection by Cindy Small, a visitor at the Flight 93 dedication, sums up much of what happens to us in life – depending upon our worldview.

On 9/11/2001 many Americans died in New York City and Washington, D.C. In the sky above Pennsylvania on United Flight 93 that day, 40 ordinary people rose to the occasion against insurmountable foes.  

During yesterday’s dedication of the memorial for the brave souls on Flight 93, Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior, said:

“Everyday citizens came face to face with evil, but through their courage and their selflessness saved untold lives and protected another sacred and symbolic American site.”

Sadly I was 17 years old before I memorized any bible verses other than the Lord’s prayer and the 23rd Psalm. A requirement for freshmen (fish) in the Corps at Texas A&M was to learn important pieces of campus history – campusology.

To avoid trouble from upperclassmen, I dutifully memorized the inscription (and thus one more bible verse) on the War Memorial in the Corps Plaza.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 

That’s a lesson from 2000 years ago. It was true on 9/11/2001. It’s still true today.


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