Monday, September 11, 2006

Smile--First steps after 9/11

"Anxious hearts are very heavy, but a word of encouragement does wonders!" Proverbs 12:25

"I would give anything to go back to the morning of Sept. 11 and tell him how much I appreciated everything he's done for me. But I think he knows that now. In my eyes he died a hero. And how much more could you ask for?" ~ Marianne Keane, 17, eulogizing her stepfather, Franco Lalama, an engineer killed at the World Trade Center.

We all remember the day. We remember where we were when we heard. Some of us were connected even more closely to the tragedy, the horror of that day. There were--there are no words to explain, to mend, to change what happened that day. But as the dust settled, as the enormity of the situation and the task before us settled in, as men and women sought refuge and peace, they found strength in a little thing. The smile behind the hand that reached out to comfort them.

Smile at those you meet today.

©2006 Karen Robbins

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