Sunday, September 11, 2011
Before we went to church this morning I sat with you two on the couch and explained to you what happened on this day 10 years ago. I was afraid someone might say something at church to you, and I didn't want you to be afraid. Instead of focusing on the "bad guys", we highlighted all the "good guys". We talked about the bravery and courage of the men and woman who ran to help all those in trouble. We talked about the "good guys" on the plane who sacrificed their lives in order to save others. When we focus on the "good guys" it takes away all the power of the enemy.
Then this afternoon we went to the Bethalto Memorial Parade, and we stood out of respect and honor as the "good guys" came by. You waved your flags passionately as the fire trucks and police cars paraded by with their sirens on full blast. They waved back at you, tossed candy to you, and one even took the time to point directly at you, Parker. It was enough to fill this mom's eyes with tears.
Heroes focus on the power of freedom, and not the threat of fear. Today we celebrated the "good guys", and I think that you giving respect and honor to our fireman and policeman, and military gives you something to aim for.