Friday, April 10, 2009

Meet Me In The Stairwell


I decided to add another periodic feature to my blog: e-mails. Over the past couple of years, I've gotten quite a few interesting e-mails from my friends in the Real World & the Cyber World, and I thought it would be a nice idea to share them with you.

I originally got this one from a friend whose daughter is in the military. This one, in my humble opinion, is quite appropriate for Good Friday.
You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news on September 11, 2001.
Neither will I.

I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say 'Good-Bye.' I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, 'Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is OK...I am ready to go.'

I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words an as she realized he wasn't he wasn't coming home that night.

I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to Me for help. 'I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!' I said. 'Of course I will show you the way home--only believe in Me now.'

I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered.

I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer. I was with the crew as they were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the believers there, comforting and assuring then that their faith has saved them.

I was in Texas, Virginia, California, Michigan, Afghanistan. I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. Did you sense Me?

I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew every name--though not all know Me. Some met Me for the first time on the 86th floor.

Some sought Me with their last breath. Some couldn't hear Me calling to them through the smoke and flames; 'Come to Me...this way...take my hand.' Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me. But, I was there.

I did not place you in the Tower that day. You may not know why, but I do. However, if you were there in that explosive moment in time, would you have reached for Me?

Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey for you. But someday your journey will end. And I will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are 'ready to go.'

I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.

Please take a moment to remember those who are now not with us today, but instead are in the loving arms of Him, whoever that Him may be that you worship in your life.

Have a glorious Good Friday and a very Happy Easter.

I shall see everyone on Tuesday.


  1. My thoughts and prayers will be with them and their family.

    Have a great Easter George!

  2. Very well written. It reminds me a little of the "footprints" story.

  3. Kyle: You too, have a great Easter.

    Charles: Thanks.

    Now that you mention it, it does remind one of the "Footprints" sory.

  4. Perfect sentiment today, when another hand was held. Happy Easter to you!

  5. So very moving on this holy day. Thank you for giving me this poignant moment to reflect on all those lost lives. Thinking of God with us every moment brings such peace to all of us. Happy Easter!

  6. Charle's thoughts were mine as I read this but still a very touching post. And Happy Easter!

  7. To everyone: Thanks and Happy Easter.

    This particular e-mail had moved me so much when I was writing it on my blog that I had an overwhelming feeling of sadness hit. And that feeling stayed with me for the next few weeks while it was waiting for it's turn to be published, whenever I had to tweak it.

    Even now, when I bring it up to respond to your thoughtful comments, it still moves me.

  8. What a great post... it can be so hard sometimes to remember that God is with us, even in terrible moments like 9/11. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter!

  9. Very touching, heartfelt. His Spirit is Everywhere.
    Thank you and have a wonderful Easter!

  10. It is still hard to believe such devastation really took place.

    Nice post, G.

    Blessings to you and yours.

  11. Wow indeed.

    Still moves me to this day.

    Still haven't watched ANY movie/documentary that was made about any particular part of this.

    Hope everyone had a very nice Easter holiday with your family and friends.


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