Editor’s Note: The essay below was written in 2001 and appears in the self-published book, Through Our Eyes: A Tapestry of Words and Images in Response to September 11. Printed and distributed in 2002, the book was the result of an independent, volunteer documentary project organized by a journalist and several friends. The author’s bio was written in 2002 and has not been updated.
Kristen Lloyd was born in Anderson, Indiana, and today lives in New Jersey. Kristen and her husband, Matt, keep a journal for their two young children. The following is an entry written shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Dear Alex and Caitlin,
A very tragic event happened in our country on Sept. 11, 2001. Some bad men hijacked commercial airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Over 6,000 people were killed in these terrorist attacks. We are terribly saddened by these disasters and pray that our nation’s leaders make wise decisions about how to respond. There will very likely be US military action against the terrorist groups responsible.
This is a troubling time in our country, but we are confident that God is in control and that He provides comfort, peace and strength for those who love Him. We pray that the world you grow up in is one in which you do not have to live in fear. As you grow up and raise your own families, we hope that you will have freedom to worship God and that you will feel safe in your schools, jobs, neighborhoods, churches and travels.
The men and women of our US military will be making many sacrifices in the coming months and years to ensure your freedom and personal safety. We are so proud of Daddy for serving so honorably, faithfully and bravely in our country’s armed forces.