Caryn Borland

Remembering September 11, 2011


Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. (John 15:13)


My son was 18 months old.  We were getting ready to go to our MOPS meeting.  My husband called and told me that a plane crashed into the World Trade Center.  I thought he was joking.  I couldn’t imagine such a thing.  Of course, I sold found out it wasn’t a joke, but a horrible act of terror which not only destroyed the innocent lives of those on the planet but in the Twin Towers as well.  I was horrified!  It took everything I had to keep some semblance of calm for the sake of my son.


As the news reports flooded in, the heroic acts of first responders and so many others at ground zero were told as well as the heroism of those who lost their lives on Flight 91, doing their part to preserve our country, our freedom, and our way of life.


I remember President Bush encouraging us to go on with our lives and not let terror win.  So, that’s just what we did.  I took Justin to MOPS.  He had fun with the other children while we moms prayed for our country, our families, and those still trying to rescue people trapped in the aftermath of the attack.


It was a day and a time in our history I wish I could forget, simply because of the devastating losses.  So many lives lost, so many families severed, so much useless violence.  But it is a day I will never forget and I have tried to make sure mu son doesn’t either.  It is a time to remember the heroes.  Those who risked so much to put out the fires and run into the buildings in search of survivors.  It is a time to give thanks for them and all first responders who risk their lives everyday for people they don’t know. It is a time to remember the stories of faith, love, and hope that stemmed from that terrible day.  To remember than even in the midst of such horrific events God’s love remains and sustains us, lifting us up and giving us strength to go on.


Sacrifice was inspired partially by the events of September 11, as well as the trials I have seen through my friends who have been in the military and the effect that deployment has on their families.  The version on my album is arranged by Steve Young.  The version here is the originally recorded in 2013.  My son put the video together for me.  He was 13 at the time.  He has since improved his skills tremendously and has his own company, Laughing Monster Productions, which produces short fan films. (Shameless plug!)


There are no words to truly convey my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all military and first responders who risk their lives and spend countless hours away from their families doing what they can to preserve our way of life.  Those families also have my undying gratitude and respect for sharing your loved ones with us.  God bless you and keep you safe!




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