I was walking from class to work at Southern Illinois University on September 11, 2001.
Where were you?
I have two conflicting beliefs orbiting around in my head this morning – one courtesy of my friend, Rhiannon —
”I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure”– Mark Twain
The other courtesy of two folks. My brilliant niece Meredith was the first to share Proverbs 24:17 —
“Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth.”
Can’t I feel both?
If I have two competing beliefs, can’t I simply admit this is too big for me to parse into black or white this morning?
Instead, I turn to Paul Boomer, my friend who also posted the quote from Proverbs following the news of Bin Laden’s death.
I want to share with you the other thing Boomer sent me last night. He sent it for my son, who considers normal a world with additional airport security.
My son loves talking, studying and dreaming about outer space.
From NASA Science News, Boomer shared that our Voyager Spacecrafts are preparing to leave the solar system.
More than 30 years after they left Earth, NASA’s twin Voyager probes are now at the edge of the solar system. Not only that, they’re still working. And with each passing day they are beaming back a message that, to scientists, is both unsettling and thrilling.
Isn’t that something?
And isn’t it something more that my son – who knows nothing of this Bin Laden and what hell he wrought on my country – lives in a place where he’s afforded the privilege to be consumed by awe and wonder?
I guess this morning I’m simply glad we think bigger sometimes, and our children have the freedom to talk, study and dream about baseball, Matisse and outer space. Some of those dreamers grew up to build spaceships.
Some may still.
Thank you, Rhiannon.
Thank you, Meredith.
Thank you, Boom.
Thank you, America.
Thank you, God.
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