Memorial September 11, 2001

I remember where I was when I got the news.  Driving into work at a local nursing home.  The next few hours found staff glued to TV monitors and the air was heavy and electric.  The residents began to pick up on the atmosphere and since all residents had televisions in their rooms the constant replay left them frightened as many suffered from dementia.  But one thing these octogenarians remembered was the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the crash of the stock market and the assassination of a president..  Within hours the behaviors of elderly changed from docile to an anger they did not fully understand.  What they knew despite mental decline was our country was once again, forever changed.  The heart of an American is always present and rallies to the cries of fellow Americans..

Today as we remember, may we be thankful for the lives lost, the bravery of the victims of the attacks, and the courage of all the first responders.   Pray for the families left behind for their grief has not ended and never will this side of heaven.

May the Lord of Heaven Bless America

2 Chronicles 7:14  King James Version (KJV)

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

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About Yvonne Jones

I am at heart, a LIFEguard: "big" sister, mama, grandmother, aunt, friend, swimming coach, lifeguard trainer, and registered nurse. I am in the business of alleviating fear through education and lots of hand holding. As a swimming instructor, I have taught people of all ages to overcome fear of the water and I marvel as fear gives way to fearlessness, as panic turns to pure joy, as tears dissolve into giggles of glee, and pennies retrieved from the bottom of the abyss become trophies. As a nurse, I have been privileged to walk up to Heaven's gate as patients and family are welcomed home, witnessed the miracle of birth, helped mend broken hearts, and cared for the elderly as they wait. Scriptures number one admonition is "fear not." Question is HOW??? The Word becomes our swimming instructor and can help us learn to "tread water til Jesus comes." Something my students often thought I was going to make them do! So welcome to my pool! Jump in the cool water. Let it refresh your soul and feel the unseen hands of the Master Lifeguard lift you up and out of the deep water. Who knows, you just might even walk on water!

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