Where were you when you heard about the 9/11 bombings? *

I was out of town and called my wife to say good morning.  She said to turn on the television in my hotel room and then I saw the attack.  Such national disasters leave craters of mourning from their impact.

I went online this week and looked at photos of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum area.  The two huge fountains, placed as sunken footprints where the towers once stood, are calledReflecting Absence.”  

Emotions arose when I saw the photos and reflected on the huge amount of thought, design, and work that has gone into the 9/11 “Reflecting Absence” fountains, memorial grounds, surrounding buildings and the museum.  Someday I hope to go there in person. If I get emotional just looking at the pictures I wonder how I will do standing on sight.

I know this, the sorrow will be good for my soul.  It will help me listen, learn, and love.

Wise King Solomon (1000 BC)  writes about loss, sorrow, and mourning:  “It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. ” (Ecclesiastes 7:2)

You may also have personal disasters that you remember and wrestle with, like the death of a loved one, a divorce, a job loss, or a health issue.  The old saying goes, “friends come and go but enemies accumulate.” If we live long enough some enemy of loss will attempt to create a permanent void in our own soul, just as the Twin Towers destruction left one in our country’s heart.

Like the void of the “Reflecting Absences” fountains our own losses deepen us and can bring compassion into our daily lives.   “The living lay it to heart.”

* Please Email Me  your answer to “Where were you when you heard about the 9/11 bombings?”

Answer to last week’s question “Who are the other two Steve’s (besides Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO for 33 years, and the third most famous Steve* in computer business history)?:     1. Steve Jobs and 2. Steve Wozniak “The Woz”  co-founder of Apple Computer.