9/11 – Praying By The Numbers



This weekend, our social media feeds will be filled with the usual “I will never forget..” and that will often be followed with the words “..where I was when the tragic events unfolded that day in 2001..I was..” and on and on.

I understand.

I understand we all have our stories of that day. I understand it helps our children, and our children’s children, to comprehend the chaos, the shock and the impact that September 11th had on the hearts of millions of Americans.

I also know that every year, inevitably, I come across people also sharing their views on the conspiracies that led up to that horrible morning and the cover ups in the years since.

I understand that as citizens of this country we are free to wonder, to question, to examine.

I just choose to think about other things when September 11th rolls around each year.

I think of the numbers only.

Numbers that don’t lie.
That don’t change from year to year.

I allow the grief over the numbers to hit my heart as I remember and pray.

Praying by the numbers, as I honor those most closely impacted by the events that day.

I don’t worry about where I was that day.

I choose, instead, to focus on being present and prayerful, today.

To lift high the hearts that were left to struggle through each breath, each minute, each day, in every passing year since 9-11-2001

Join me?

Praying by the numbers.

Weeping with those who weep

and Authentically Yours,

***The Numbers Of 9/11***

8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m.
9:37 a.m. and 10:03 a.m.

Total number killed in attacks in New York: 2,753

Total killed, United Flight 93: 40

Total killed in the Pentagon attack: 184

Number of firefighters and paramedics killed: 343

Number of NYPD officers:23

Number of Port Authority police officers: 37

Number of U.S. troops killed in Operation Enduring Freedom: 2,343

Number of nations whose citizens were killed in attacks: 115

Bodies found “intact”: 291

Remains found: 21,906

Number of families who received no remains: 1,717

Estimated units of blood donated to the New York Blood Center: 36,000

Total units of donated blood actually used: 258

Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks: 1,609

Estimated number of children who lost a parent: 3,051

Days fires continued to burn after the attack: 99

Estimated number of New Yorkers suffering from post-traumatic-stress disorder as a result of 9/11: 422,000

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