#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


September 11.  We will never forget–nor should we try.  So many innocent people lost their lives on that terrible day, and they deserve to be remembered, in solemn respect, on this anniversary and always.  That said, I, for one, will not be watching the endless loops of the Attacks on any of the visual media.  Those images are burned into my mind, and need no reenforcement.  For the rest of my life, I will hold a sacred space in my heart for all the victims, their families and friends, and the heroic first-responders who perished trying to save as many people as they could.  I will remember, with reverence, those who survived, and helped others to do the same.  They carry burdens the rest of us can’t begin to imagine or understand, and yet we must try.

For me, one of the toughest aspects of such a horrific event is–forgiveness.  Can I forgive the terrorists, as I  truly believe my Lord Jesus Christ would have me do?  Can I ask myself the obvious question–“What have we done to make those people hate us so much?”–and live with the answers? 

I think it would be glib to offer my personal forgiveness–after all, I didn’t lose a loved one that day.   Yes, I lost fellow Americans, and believe me, I grieve that loss.  But what of those who lost a father, a mother, a brother or sister, a husband or wife, a daughter or a son, to mention just a few of the possibilities.  It seems presumptious to me to forgive on their behalf–which leaves me in a quandry.  In the end, all I can think of to do is turn this over to God, and ask Him to handle it.

So, today, I will simply remember.  I will pray for those who died and for those who survived.  I will offer what prayers I can for the perpetrators–though I can’t promise I’ll be sincere.  That’s the part I’m leaving up to God.

57 comments to “Today….”

  1. Regina Merchant
      · September 11th, 2014 at 2:02 pm · Link

    Well said!!!! I grieve for the loss of so many people. Ultimately, we have to leave the comforting to God as only He can provide!!

  2. Linda Romine
      · September 11th, 2014 at 2:03 pm · Link

    I agree with you 100%, well said!

  3. Jessica Laas
      · September 11th, 2014 at 2:06 pm · Link

    Thank you for saying what is in my heart. I could not have said it better.

  4. Evelyn Villanueva
      · September 11th, 2014 at 2:13 pm · Link

    I will remember forever being awakened by my roommate @ 6am, with her hysterically crying. “We’ve been attacked, the Twin Towers in NY were bombed!” Mesmerized by constant scenes of the burning towers. Everything seemed surreal. Then and now I pray for the families, the victims, the saviors, both the 2 legged and 4 legged once. God Bless America, we have survived this land that we love. :cry:

  5. Laura Ann Harris
      · September 11th, 2014 at 2:14 pm · Link

    Well said Linda. Very honest and sincere. God Bless you.

  6. Goldie Hale
      · September 11th, 2014 at 2:18 pm · Link

    Very well said!!!

  7. Andrea Lammly
      · September 11th, 2014 at 2:20 pm · Link

    Beautifully said Linda.
    I too will remember and be grateful for all the sacrifices our military and first responders make to keep our great country safe for us. Our Vermont Green Mountain Boys were first in the air to secure the United States east coast on 9/11. I’ll pray but I’m leaving the forgiving part to God as well. God Bless one and all.

  8. judy
      · September 11th, 2014 at 2:20 pm · Link

    I agree hole heartly on your comment today.

  9. Lois Rotella
      · September 11th, 2014 at 2:27 pm · Link

    The image is still with as well as the smoke and smell. The sounds or lack of. I worked in manhattan at the time. I live also in manhattan. I lived not to far from the site. It took me a long time to back down there. I worked with people who lost family and friends. On was a retired fireman who volunteered his time to helped and many friends. Another was a co worker who lost her cousin. God bless everyone.

  10. Linda Lattin
      · September 11th, 2014 at 2:28 pm · Link

    Your blog today was very touching. I would add my thoughts and prayers to the men and women who are in the military defending and protecting us every day. My grandson is a Sgt in Marine Corps and joined because of the attacks on 9/11. He along with many others served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and many paid the ultimate price for our safety. I can only Pray for God’s blessings on those that suffered, then and now, for what happened on 9/11. May God watch over all of us.

    • linda
        · September 15th, 2014 at 11:38 am · Link

      May God bless and keep your loved one and all our other brave soldiers. They’re all heroes in my book!

  11. Darlene Holley
      · September 11th, 2014 at 2:29 pm · Link

    I love what you had to say on this

  12. Janet Finlayson
      · September 11th, 2014 at 2:31 pm · Link

    I just returned from my first visit to NYC on Tuesday evening and the last site we visited before leaving was the new museum and 9/11 Memorial site. I was very torn as it was a place I wanted to see, yet I didn’t want to see. It’s done very well and a beautiful serene place, but it deeply hurts the heart to see what those 19 men were responsible for. Almost 3,000 people died that day because of them and many more since due to the aftermath. I will someday visit the Memorial site again, as it is a important part of our nations history and we must never forget what happened 9/11/01 and those we lost.
    I can’t say I can forgive the terrorist but must say I hope we learned the lesson they taught us that day.
    On a lighter note, I need a new book Linda, please give me my LLM fix. Best Wishes to you and yours.

  13. Dennis
      · September 11th, 2014 at 2:41 pm · Link

    very very well said Ms. Lael Miller!!! God Bless you!

  14. Dawn Roberts
      · September 11th, 2014 at 2:45 pm · Link

    I;m with you, I personally didn’t loose anyone, but I feel the loss of the Americans that died fighting for our freedom, to save the lives of other. the families that live everyday with their loss. I only hope that as a nation we have been able to heal their wounds. The soldiers that go into battle every day and fight to keep our freedoms. May God bless them and theirs for what they chose to do.

    I also don’t think I can forgive or forget. I do understand that not all Muslim are terrorist, but it seems that the terrorist seem to all be Muslim. Just as history shows, not all Germans were Nazis but all Nazis were German. It is truly :-D :!: in gods hands in the long run I can only aspire to be the best me I can be.

  15. carole
      · September 11th, 2014 at 2:52 pm · Link

    Hi! I don’t think anyone will ever forget 9/11 I didn’t lose anyone on that day but the year before my grandfather died and I was thinking of him on this day and all the young men and women that fought for our freedom that died for our country, my hometown losted 10 young man and 2 woman and I know them for I baby sat for most of them, I feel their parents and families loss. I pray that everyone comes home safe! Well, I got to go and spend some time with my dogs since I’m off of work today! Have a wonderful day and weekend!

  16. Jeannette Garand
      · September 11th, 2014 at 2:54 pm · Link

    Well said Linda. To this day can see the planes hitting the towers. It was an unbelievable sight. My heart still aches for all the families who lost someone that day. But also for all the people who lost someone in the Pentagon, and the hijacked flight.
    I hope and pray each day that eventually our military in Canada, United States, Britian and Austrailia will bring peace to all.

  17. Virginia Horton
      · September 11th, 2014 at 2:59 pm · Link

    I couldn’t agree with you more. You are looking at it the same why I do. It is in Gods hands and I don’t need to see it again because it is still burned in my mind. I prey for the ones that lost their lives that day and their familys. Thanks for such a great post.

  18. Dotty Weis
      · September 11th, 2014 at 3:01 pm · Link

    What a beautiful post today

  19. Diane McCarthy
      · September 11th, 2014 at 3:05 pm · Link

    Thank you Linda for your wonderful words and observations. I too did not lose a loved one to the tragedy in NYC, PA or DC. I did however lose a lived one that day. My a aunt died just about the time the first plane struck. My aunt was a nurse at the VA hospital for all her working years and died at home of cancer. Friends said that God called her at that moment to help with all the people that were sent to heaven by those terrorists. Those words helped my mom and I deal with our lose.
    I agree with you too that my forgiveness alone wouldn’t mean that much and why do they hate us so much.

    Thank you again.

  20. Lynn
      · September 11th, 2014 at 3:27 pm · Link

    I was gonna leave one, but changed my mind… lol

  21. Brenda Miller
      · September 11th, 2014 at 3:34 pm · Link

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to America today. I can empathize with those personally involved, since we in Oklahoma experienced our own tragedy in 1995. I did not lose a family member, but my credit union family suffered immeasurably. I had worked in the building, previously, so was acquainted with a lot of the people working there. We shall always remember!

  22. Pat Parker
      · September 11th, 2014 at 3:48 pm · Link

    Dear Linda, You stated that perfectly for me.
    Remember? Yes!
    Forgive? I try!
    God bless, Pat Parker

  23. Cathy Barton
      · September 11th, 2014 at 4:03 pm · Link

    Very well said-I agree with you.

  24. Norma Stanforth
      · September 11th, 2014 at 4:15 pm · Link

    Linda, you are so right. We need to pray for everyone.
    I liked the way you stated everything. Thank you for it all. Praying for everyone and blessings to all.
    As always your friend,

  25. Diana E.
      · September 11th, 2014 at 4:51 pm · Link


  26. marilyn
      · September 11th, 2014 at 5:13 pm · Link

    We all remember where we were on that day. As we go about our daily lives, it sits in the back of our minds until once again we see a calendar, hear one of the resulting songs, or pass by that one spot we were at when the Towers came down. Then once again we suddenly remember what we felt, as if it had just happened. Our country was shaken, we were injured both physically and mentally, but we picked ourselves up, brushed ourselves off and took that first deep breath, and continued to live. Every September 11th we do the same again, Take that first deep breath and remember those brave enough to give their lives and those that worked tirelessly to try and save the injured and dying. During the rest of the year we say thank you to Soldiers,Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Paramedics, Doctors, Nurses and EMS personnel. But on September 11th we say it a little louder and with a little more heart. So Thank You to all those who who were there that day, all those that continue to risk their lives for ours and may those who gave their lives be blessed.

  27. Evelyn Dinunzio
      · September 11th, 2014 at 5:13 pm · Link

    Well said Linda.

  28. Ruth
      · September 11th, 2014 at 5:14 pm · Link

    Very nicely written Linda, although I cannot say I could ever forgive that kind of hate, any more that I could forgive Hitler. I am a New Yorker at heart, spending a good part of my time there and experienced a personal loss that day, yet I think what all Americans lost that day was a sense of security or innocence. We now know fear… I agree, we need to place it in God’s hands, while still keeping our end of the bargain and moving forward. I’ll personally leave the forgiving to Him too.

  29. Risemary
      · September 11th, 2014 at 6:05 pm · Link

    Well said Linda…

  30. Nadine Spradlin
      · September 11th, 2014 at 7:32 pm · Link

    Very well said , Linda. I do not know of any one who might have put that any better . It was worth waiting this week for those words alone. Thank you for saying what we as Americans feel ………. Nadine

  31. kathy mccluskey
      · September 11th, 2014 at 8:05 pm · Link


  32. Patricia A Gusky
      · September 11th, 2014 at 8:13 pm · Link

    Thank you for your inspirational words. May God bless America.

  33. Pat Yates
      · September 11th, 2014 at 8:45 pm · Link

    I had brought my ironing board into the living room and turned the tv on to listen to the morning shows while ironing. I saw when the planes hit the towers and thought I was watching a movie. I called my husband at work to let him know what was happening. . I cried and shook all day. Still cannot believe that it happened on our shores. When I think of all the people lost I pray for their families and hope that they are all believers and had Jesus in their hearts. God Bless all who were lost!

  34. Ann Bartholomew
      · September 11th, 2014 at 9:22 pm · Link

    Thank you, Linda. What a beautiful message. My youth (teens) handbell choir was invited to be the entertainment for the Home Demonstration Clubs tonight. They chose to play two patriotic pieces as part of their program. It is sad that we had to have a patriotic wake-up call in such a devastating way. God Bless the U.S.A.

  35. Ruby Norwood
      · September 11th, 2014 at 9:34 pm · Link

    Linda, I agree with you 100%!! Well said. I truly enjoyed this blog today. I don’t think anyone could have express their feelings any better than you did on September 11 today..

  36. Roberta Giordano
      · September 11th, 2014 at 9:36 pm · Link

    I am in total agreement with you. I couldn’t of said it better.

  37. midge watkins
      · September 11th, 2014 at 9:59 pm · Link

    Diane and Kathie had the same thought I do. Amen. God
    bless you all.

  38. Rita Crofoot
      · September 11th, 2014 at 10:23 pm · Link

    You speak for many of us,and do it so well.

  39. Ida C
      · September 11th, 2014 at 10:58 pm · Link

    Very well said Linda. A hard day to live thru, over and over again. We attended an aunt’s 100th birthday party that afternoon and evening and both events are burned into our minds. God bless everyone!!

  40. Shirley Meyle
      · September 11th, 2014 at 11:36 pm · Link

    Well said, Linda.

  41. Terri Shortell
      · September 11th, 2014 at 11:47 pm · Link

    Well said Linda. I definitely agree with you. Praying for all of them and for peace. It’s been a long time coming and I wish the next generation to be able to experience what peace is.

  42. terry myers
      · September 12th, 2014 at 1:09 am · Link

    Amen :(

  43. terry myers
      · September 12th, 2014 at 1:10 am · Link


  44. Lindy Park
      · September 12th, 2014 at 2:41 am · Link

    This also happens to be my birthday. No longer do I want to celebrate, but to mourn and remember those that died and mourn the fact that we now feel so vulnerable and unsafe. I too do not need to watch further videos as they are also burned into my brain. We will never forget. God bless those that died and the families they left behind.

    • linda
        · September 15th, 2014 at 11:44 am · Link

      Bless your heart, sweetie, in my opinion, you should still CELEBRATE–for the same reason a lot of us still fly. The terrorists’ goal was and is to ruin our way of life. In this case, good living is definitely the best revenge.

  45. Marie Jones
      · September 12th, 2014 at 7:17 pm · Link

    I had 3 family members in those buildings that day. One was fine, one wounded and the other yet to come home.
    I’m from upstate NY and a few friends who worked in the city were killed also.
    Can I forgive? Not yet. But I’m working on it. But one thing is for sure, I’ll NEVER forget.
    God bless all of you who pray for the loved ones left behind. I seriously feel in my heart that every year on 9/11 the grief, the sadness and in a way the shock returns for that day. It’s hard to explain. But with the help of God, you get thru it. :(

    • linda
        · September 15th, 2014 at 11:45 am · Link

      God bless you, honey. I’m so sorry for your losses.

  46. Joyce M.
      · September 12th, 2014 at 7:26 pm · Link

    I watched an on the street interviewer who asked young people, late teens and 20’s what did the date 9/11 mean and so many didn’t know. I wanted to scream at the tv.

  47. Valdi McCoy
      · September 12th, 2014 at 8:11 pm · Link

    I remember where I was the day Kennedy died. The day Martin Luther King died, and the day of 9/11.. The only thing that gives me any comfort is that I know that GOD is in control and nothing happens unless He is aware of it. I do think that we in America are blind to how blessed we are compared to the rest of the world. What right do we have to live in peace and prosperity when so much of mankind does not. When we are no longer a Christian nation, will GOD’s blessings end for us????

    • linda
        · September 15th, 2014 at 11:47 am · Link

      Don’t forget that we do a lot of GOOD things in this world, as a nation, I mean. Who’s always first to deliver food and offer medical care after disaster strikes, no matter how far away? WE are.

      • Valdi McCoy
          · September 15th, 2014 at 2:57 pm · Link

        You are right. We always do step up and help others when needed. Even our enemies. That is what is so great about America and I for one pray that we will always be able to see the need and respond. Thank God we live in a country where every person is important.

  48. debbie g
      · September 12th, 2014 at 9:46 pm · Link

    In r/t 9/11. Although I cant use names, I met someone who was a 1st reponder on that day, in NY. I met this person between 2008 and 2011. He and his partner were in one of the towers rescuing people, on their way out his partner went one way with some people and he took a slightly different route. In a split second his partner and people that were with him were reduced ash. He survived, but had many injuries as he was trapped in a wall space after falling. He became addicted to pain medication after receiving many injuries and had several surgeries; and for what ever problems he and hiswife had their marriage did not last; but they remained friends. The MAN upstairs chose to let him be a survivor. I am sure he has made a difference in many peoples lives, I know he did mine. He proved to be one of the strongest and human people I have ever met.

  49. Mary D. Wornick
      · September 13th, 2014 at 11:44 am · Link

    Visiting my sister and she gave me 10 or 12 of your books. And looking forward to reading them.May we never forget those who lost their lives on September, 11.
    Mary D. Wornick

  50. Dixie J. Hadley
      · September 13th, 2014 at 4:11 pm · Link

    I think you have expressed in words what is in many of our hearts. May we remember those that still carries the horrible pain of loss in their hearts.
    Dixie J. Hadley

  51. Cathy Yonkers
      · September 13th, 2014 at 4:25 pm · Link

    I think forgiveness can be quickly given in certain circumstances. It was easy for me to forgive the stranger who was responsible for my mom’s and dad’s death. The car accident was not a planned action. And I needed to not hang on to useless anger that only robbed me of valuable time in this world. But when something happens like 9/11, it is impossible to wrap our minds around such a hate-fueled action which was done on purpose! And I, too, say we can only trust God to deal with the aftermath.

  52. Helen Benson
      · September 14th, 2014 at 6:42 pm · Link

    Amen Linda.

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