‘And the greatest is love’

11 09 2020

Today is the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You” was on the radio a few days ago, and it inspired this post. It’s still a pretty discordant world out there.

We can meet each other, not knowing each other, and maybe we don’t sit down to dinner together (yet), but we can give each other the space we need, the understanding and the respect to carry on.

Horses may not know love in the way humans understand it, but they certainly practice affection with each other, and they know the bonds of family (blood and/or otherwise) – which is key to their survival – and I absolutely believe they know and practice respect.

The very simplest thing I can say today is that the world needs more love. Is that too simplistic? So maybe our greatest gift is that we can and should show each other *respect*.

Certainly, hate can’t flourish in that environment.

*****

Where Were You

Where were you when the world stopped turnin’
That September day?
Were you in the yard with your wife and children
Or workin’ on some stage in L.A.?
Did you stand there in shock at the sight of that black smoke
Risin’ against that blue sky?
Did you shout out in anger, in fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry?

Did you weep for the children, they lost their dear loved ones
Pray for the ones who don’t know?
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below?
Did you burst out with pride for the red, white, and blue
And the heroes who died just doin’ what they do?
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself and what really matters?

I’m just a singer of simple songs
I’m not a real political man
I watch CNN, but I’m not sure I can tell you
The diff’rence in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith, hope, and love are some good things He gave us
And the greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turnin’
That September day?
Teachin’ a class full of innocent children
Or drivin’ down some cold interstate?
Did you feel guilty ’cause you’re a survivor?
In a crowded room did you feel alone?
Did you call up your mother and tell her you love her?
Did you dust off that Bible at home?

Did you open your eyes and hope it never happened
Close your eyes and not go to sleep?
Did you notice the sunset for the first time in ages
And speak to some stranger on the street?
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Go out and buy you a gun?
Did you turn off that violent old movie you’re watchin’
And turn on I Love Lucy reruns?
Did you go to a church and hold hands with some strangers
Stand in line to give your own blood?
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love?

I’m just a singer of simple songs
I’m not a real political man
I watch CNN, but I’m not sure I can tell you
The diff’rence in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith, hope, and love are some good things He gave us
And the greatest is love
I’m just a singer of simple songs
I’m not a real political man
I watch CNN, but I’m not sure I can tell you
The diff’rence in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith, hope, and love are some good things He gave us
And the greatest is love

And the greatest is love
And the greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turnin’
On that September day?

*****

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Alan Jackson
Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning) lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC


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6 responses

11 09 2020
Maggie Frazier

Cant forget – I was at work & my boss called us all to his office – the planes hitting the towers were being shown on tv! That sight was something I’ll never forget – hearing about the passengers on the plane that crashed in PA? Just never forget. And we shouldnt!

11 09 2020
TJ

Agreed.

11 09 2020
barb kiipper

Beautiful statement. Can I quote you

On Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 6:01 AM Spring Creek Basin Mustangs wrote:

> TJ posted: ” Today is the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Alan > Jackson’s “Where Were You” was on the radio a few days ago, and it inspired > this post. It’s still a pretty discordant world out there. We can meet each > other, not knowing each other, and” >

11 09 2020
TJ

Thanks, Barb. 🙂 Sure – I’m humbled that you think my words are worth quoting!

11 09 2020
baileytan

I was getting ready for work. I just stood in front of the TV. Not wanting to believe what I was seeing. Your words reflect how I feel. The world does need more love and respect.

12 09 2020
Sue Story

I remember vividly every detail of that day – arriving at work to be told about the unfolding horror by my boss. We turned on the radio and listened in unbelief as the world changed in a day. So sad that the good things – the regard for first-responders, the cooperation, the resolve, the profound courage, the pride in the values of this nation, the unashamed patriotism – are difficult to find in today’s America.

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