Monday, September 17, 2012
Sept. 11, 2001 And The Little Church That Stood
Flippant - Lacking proper respect or seriousness.
"Flippant" is the word that came to my mind last night, after I had typed my last post about "23 Skidoo and NYC". That was not my intent and I really want anyone who reads this blog to know that that day is still so upsetting to me that I can barely speak of it, let alone write about it. I mentioned Charmain who was there on that day and she has a post from last week on her blog at www.agirlandherneedle.blogspot.com. If you can, please go to her blog and read her account and see her photos. Believe me, I will never forget the events of September 11, 2001 and in no way would I ever wish to make light of that date. I just happened to read the background of the origin of that expression and it amused me that it came from New York City. You see, I heart New York. That is all there is to it.
Do you remember the church with the white walls that held all the artwork that the children sent to New York City after the attacks? That church is St. Paul's Chapel/Trinity Church and it is an Episcopal church, a very old one where George Washington once worshipped. It was decided that because of the great need, the congregation would hold their services elsewhere and the church would be used just for the relief workers, the firemen, the policemen...for meals, beds, counseling and for rest. From September 2001 until May of 2002, "the little church that stood" gave comfort and aid to those who were working at Ground Zero. St. Paul's was across the street from the buildings of the Twin Towers but the building of St. Paul's was not damaged, not even one broken glass. The brunt of the force was taken by a very old sycamore tree which was in the church graveyard and an artist, Steve Tobin, cast the roots of the tree into a 10 foot bronze sculpture and it has been on display since 2005. If you would like to see a video about it, it is here http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/webcasts/videos/history/september-11-2001/the-trinity-root
St Simon's Episcopal Church in Conyers, Georgia has St. Francis holding this dove which is a symbol of peace. Peace be with you.