This film, as many know, was inadvertently created on September 11, 2001. The two brothers, Jules and Gedeon Naudet were filming what they thought to be a documentary of a young rookie fireman going through his 9-month probationary period as a New York City Firefighter. If you have not seen it, I highly recommend renting or purchasing a copy of this film. It depicts the events of the day in all its ugly reality–unscripted, unrehearsed, unplanned. One of the brother’s, Jules, made a comment at the beginning of the movie that has stuck with me.
He said, “They always say there is always a witness for history. I guess for that day we were chosen to be the witness.”
Chosen. Many people were chosen that fateful day. To live. To die. To help. To hurt. To rescue. To destroy. Only God in his powerful, infinite wisdom can know why such a tragedy occurred.
The video is horrific, haunting, poignant. You should own a copy. Everyone should own a copy. And when you start doubting what our nation is doing around the world in its on-going efforts to secure our freedom, pull out the movie and watch again what happened that day.
It puts everything, everything, into perspective.
Even my own pitiful little problems seem minute compared with the suffering that went on that day. It also brings home the point that people suffer every day from losses unconnected to 9/11. It also brings home the point that we are depraved, sinful creatures. And without God’s grace and mercy, we are nothing.
Remember 9/11. More importantly, remember our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.