September 11: Things just are not they way they’re supposed to be

September11I know that there is a lot of September 11 political discourse.  The blue and red-state chatter sings a strident chorus that masks the emotional and practical change 9/11 has on us as people.  Even though church attendance, political affiliation and our basic lifestyle has not been changed from this event, we encountered a kind of evil that wounded our nation in the soul.  We now realize that even though we have it great materially, that we are indeed missing something.

I have been chewing on a song that started from September 11, 2001.  Here are the lyrics.

Not the way it’s supposed to be

A boy with his favorite toy
A plane he dreams he can fly
He runs as he spins it through the air
Flapping his arms, the wind in his hair

The splashing sounds of the summer pool
The ice cream cone he eats to keep cool
Not a worry or strain worn on his face
Just the crumbs of a cookie that leave their sweet trace

Is it safe to go out and play?
We’ve shed the innocence of yesterday
What we’ve lost, will we ever see again?

Is it safe to go out and play?
We’ve shed the innocence of yesterday
What we’ve lost, will we ever see again?

Inside it haunts and reminds me
  that things just are not the way
They’re supposed to be

A girl with her dressed up dolls in a row
A tea party fit for a queen she bestows
She laughs with her friends at the TV cartoons
Too lazy now to clean up her room

The storm clouds turn the sky into gray
She says, "Daddy, please make them all go away!"
I secretly pray that her wish would come true
Knowing there’s not a thing I can do

Is it safe to go out and play?
We’ve shed the innocence of yesterday
What we’ve lost, will we ever see again?

Inside it haunts and reminds me
  that things just are not the way
They’re supposed to be

© 2006 Rich Kirkpatrick

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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