On this twelfth anniversary of a nation-changing event I want to recall the myriad acts of selflessness made by so many that day. I do not want to even mention the evil entities connected with that day lest anyone of that ilk feels venerated.
Of course the first responders, some of whom gave all, are to be praised again. Many news stories and photos of the events of that day showed survivors helping survivors-often strangers to each other. So many, many people across the nation reached out to help in whatever ways they could in that time of national heartbreak and long afterwards.
Political bickering and petty differences were set aside for a while in the halls of Congress. For a brief time they pulled together for the common good of our wounded nation. Too soon they returned, though, to politics as usual.
Americans flocked to churches for peace and solace and answers to questions for which there were no good answers. Sadly, it didn't take long for numbers of these seekers to drift away. However, many, many other church members remain ready to stand in the gap for those in need.
It is this I want to remember: the good that came about as a result of those acts of evil. This date is a time for every American to take stock of the way our nation is headed. It is a time for our people to search their hearts to make sure we impact our personal spheres of influence with the same intensity of goodness demonstrated by Americans from coast to coast that dark day and in the months the months followed. It shouldn't take a national calamity to bring that about. It is our responsibility as Americans.