The September 11 attacks (9/11) were a series of four suicide attacks that were committed in the United States on September 11, 2001, coordinated to strike areas of New York City and Washington, D.C. On that Tuesday morning, 19 terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets. The hijackers intentionally piloted two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center complex in New York City; both towers collapsed within two hours. The hijackers also intentionally crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and intended to pilot the fourth hijacked jet, United Airlines Flight 93, into the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.; however, the plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers attempted to take control of the jet from the hijackers. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks, including the 246 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes.
In the morning of September, 2001, I was teaching in the classroom and watched what’s happening on the real-time news broadcast. I could not believe my eyes – thousands of innocent lives were perishing in a blazing inferno.
It happened in New York City where the U.N. is located. At the United Nations headquarters, those words are inscribed on a statue of a man transforming a weapon into a plow; “We shall beat our swords into plowshares.” It is an appropriate motto for an organization devoted to world peace.
I took a moment of silence at that moment as I did this morning in the class for those who were fallen in the attack and also prayed for the arrival of the Kingdom of God on earth where there is no more violence against each other, as it is in Heaven.
We read in, Micah 4:3;
“He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.”
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
We eagerly await Your Kingdom on earth and want to see You judging all the nations with iron scepter and then turn this world into the Peaceful Paradise Restored. Amen.