Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning?)

On November 7, 2001, Alan Jackson released what has now become one of his most popular songs: Where were you (when the world stopped turning)? If you are over the age of about 12, this song immediately pulls you back to something you will never forget--September 11, 2001. In case you aren't familiar with the lyrics, the song goes like this:

"Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you in the yard with your wife and children
Or working on some stage in L.A.?
Did you stand there in shock at the sight of that black smoke
Risin' against that blue sky?
Did you should out in anger, in fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry?

Did you weep for their children who lost their dear loved ones
And pray for the ones who don't know?
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below?
DId you burst out with pride for the red, white and blue
And the heroes who died just doin' what they do?
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself and what really matters?


Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you teaching a class full of innocent children

Or driving down some cold interstate?
Did you feel guilty 'cause you survived
In a crowded room did you feel alone?
Did you call up your mother and tell her you loved her?
Did you dust off that Bible at home?

Did you open your eyes, hope it never happened
Close your eyes and not go to sleep?
Did you notice the sunset the first tie in ages
Or speak to soem stranger on the street?
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Or go out and buy you a gun?
Did you turn off that violent old movie you're watchin'
And turn on "I love Lucy" reruns?

Did you go to a church and hold hands with some strangers,

Stand in line and give your own blood?
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family,
Thank God you had somebody to love?

I'm just a singer of simple songs, 
I'm not a real political man.
I watch CNN, but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference between Iraq and Iran.
But I love Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young.
Faith, hope, and love are some good things,
But the greatest is love."

We all know where we were that day. We all remember what happened, what we were doing, and the shock we felt. Even if we were young. It was a shocking event. The world stopped.

Not to downplay the suffering and the loss of 9/11, but I want to point us back to a bigger event in world history that we often tend to forget. One that made the world stop turning. But because the world stopped turning, we can live forever. I am, of course, talking about the Crucifixion.

Because of Christ's death, we can live forever. Because of His sacrifice on that day when the world stopped turning, we don't have to die. 

NEVER FORGET. 9/11. And the cross of Christ. 

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