To the Editor:
The Steubenville Herald Star ran an editorial titled “There are lessons still to be learned” in the Sept. 11 edition. As you sit and read the editorial you find yourself thinking about what was written and was not. Where were you and what were you doing 12 years ago?
Slightly over a decade has passed since four passenger airliners were hijacked by terrorists so they could turn the planes into out-of-control missiles and be flown into the buildings. Two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, crashed into the North and South tower, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in New York City. Within two hours, both towers collapsed with debris and resulting fires causing partial or complete collapse of all other buildings WTC complex as well as major damage to the 10 other large surrounding structures. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon leading to a partial collapse in its western side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was targeted at Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field near Shanksville, PA.
Sit back now and think about this for a moment. It was a lengthy time and the children who were in the stages of being born or had just been born are not 12 years of age or in their early teens.
When this took place everyone was stunned, running around asking questions, worrying as to why this happened, was afraid to go to bed at night, hoarding food and water and within days were filling up the inside of churches looking for answers and guidance. Here they prayed. A number of people went to churches for only a few weeks and never returned. The entire United States was in turmoil.
What happened to those lost people in 2001 who walked into the church doors for a few weeks and never returned? Why did they stop going to church? Where did they go? Did they get what they wanted from the church and that was it? Did they just give up and lose their faith and hope?
There are a lot of unanswered questions in life at times. There are lessons still to be learned: that is for sure. The best way to learn them is to attend church with a Bible in hand. People cannot learn in a few weeks what they need to know. God and churches are being taken out of schools and other aspects of our culture. Do not allow it to be taken out of you. A lot of people are becoming more lost in life. If you need help in your everyday life, maybe it is time to rethink church and look toward joining a church. There you will find the light out of the darkness. From John 1:5, “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Edward L. Hale
Perrysville-Pleasant Hill UMC