Just a day before the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, many people captured stunning photos of a rainbow coming from the World Trade Center.

It’s almost impossible to see a rainbow and not to remember God’s promise:

I set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.

(Genesis 9:13-15 Revised Standard Version)

And so we hope that the rainbow coming from the World Trade Center also means that God will never again allow such destruction to harm our land. Perhaps that is stretching the meaning of Scripture, but the rainbow in New York at least causes us to remember a day we should never forget — September 11, 2001.

Today, we remember. We saw it on our televisions. We were watching when it happened 14 years ago. Our lives changed in that moment. Our world changed in that moment.

On September 11, 2001, at 8:45 a.m. on a clear Tuesday morning, an American Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The impact left a gaping hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in higher floors.

And then we have the sweet story of Bretagne (pronounced “Brittany”). In human years, Bretagne is more than 100 imageyears old — but she acted like an exuberant puppy at a Sweet 16 birthday bash thrown in her honor in New York City.

Bretagne is the last known surviving search dog who worked at Ground Zero after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This year, as Bretagne’s 16th birthday approached, New Yorkers decided to come together and do something unforgettable for her.

It’s all about coming together. That’s what is most important.

So today, we remember not only the horror, but also the coming together of a people, Americans vowing that we would never forget, that we would always remember. Remembering can be healthy for us. It can create in us a strength of character that enables us to stand together as one people, under God, indivisible.

As we watch the shallow antics of the current presidential campaigning, may we remember what is really important.

Today, we remember.

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