Meet me in the stairwell: A September 11 memorial

| September 10, 2010 | 14 Comments

As Americans—both collectively and individually—let us never forget the evil perpetrated against this nation on September 11, 2001.

Meet Me In The Stairwell
by Stacey Randall

You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news On September 11, 2001. Neither will I.

I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say ‘Good-Bye.’ I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, ‘Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is OK..I am ready to go.’

I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words and as she realized he wasn’t coming home that night.

I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to Me for help. ‘I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!’ I said. ‘Of course I will show you the way home – only believe in Me now.’

I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered.

I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer. I was with the crew as they were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the believers there, comforting and assuring them that their faith has saved them.

I was in Texas, Virginia, California, Michigan, Afghanistan. I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. Did you sense Me?

I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew every name – though not all know Me. Some met Me for the first time on the 86th floor.

Some sought Me with their last breath. Some couldn’t hear Me calling to them through the smoke and flames; ‘Come to Me… this way… take my hand.’ Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me. But, I was there.

I did not place you in the Tower that day. You may not know why, but I do. However, if you were there in that explosive moment in time, would you have reached for Me?

Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey for you. But someday your journey will end. And I will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are ‘ready to go.’

I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.

-Jesus

About the Author:

Rob Schilling is founder of The Schilling Show Blog and News; host of WINA's The Schilling Show, heard weekdays from noon to 2 PM; husband; father; and community watchdog.
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  1. Frugal DIY says:

    May He continue to Bless the families left behind of John and Joe Vigiano, John Coughlin and thousands of others I did not know. Please get this video and watch it with your family, you children and your friends.

    http://www.amazon.com/Twin-Towers-Tommy-Buda/dp/B00063MCHA/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1284170515&sr=8-1-fkmr0

    To Vig: D.P.F.D. The City Never Sleeps, and I will never forget.
    To Lt. Coughlin: My honor to serve as your probie, even rolling the ice covered hose after my first job. I will never forget.
    D.P.F.D 0003 HRS, 1/01/1983

  2. Frugal DIY says:

    “Pay-back is hell.” Now I understand the meaning.

  3. A Patriot says:

    Rob,
    I will never forget that day. At times, it is hard for me to fathom that it has already been nine years. I was employed at a local retailer at th time, and one of the employees had a son who worked in the WTC. Of course, this was the days before Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, etc. All we knew was that the WTC had been hit by a small plane. Most of us assumed a little Cessna or such. When it was confirmed that it was a passenger jet, I told those young people around me that they’ll remember this day like our grandparents remember Pearl Harbor, because we are under attack. They did not take me seriously until the second tower was hit. By the time we found out about the Pentagon, they were sick with fear.
    The world stopped. We had no customers. Like everyone else, we were in shock, and just conducted ourselves by habbit. At lunch time, I went to a crafts store and purchased some black ribbon to cover the American flag I wore everyday on my lapel, as you see when a law enforcement officer covers his shield for a fallen comrade. When I went back on duty, I was approached by an obviously Muslim couple. He stepped up to me, and sticking his finger into my chest at my flag, he uttered “Now you will start to see.” In shock from the events of the day, and taken aback by his actions, I replied, “I beg pardon.” He exclamimed proudly, “Now you Americans will see how we live. As long as America continues its support of Israel, you will see more of your buildings destroyed and your pepople killed.” I was stunned and angry. This man was fortunate that he had me as a captive audience at my place of employemnt. In any other location, and I’m sure he would have some permanent keepsakes from our encounter. Rob, I was stunned, but it woke me to something. A fact that Americans had better quickly learn. You cannot engage in a middle eastern conflict and maintain a western mindset. These people hate us, and want to see us destroyed. They are more than happy, as this coule was, to say so outright. I do not see in the news, since 9/11, any story where a Muslim turned in a cell of radicals. They may not agree with it, but by turning the other way, they promote it. The liberal warm fuzzies are not going to make this go away. They see that as weakness. I know that they are fictional characters, but the character of Jack Bauer on “24″ and Mitch Rapp in the Vince Flinn novels, accurately portray the required American mindset for us to prevail.
    Also how ironic that Barry would pick 9/10 to admonish Americans to be respectful of the sarced texts of everyones religion. I would like to inquire of him, where was that respect when my Savior’s likeness, and the sacred symbols of my fatih were being defaced, dunked in urine in the name of art and free speech, etc? Also of note, as soon as the Florida pastor backed off his intent to burn, the Muslim leader in New York backed out on his agreement not to build, or even to meet this man. Lesson learned. I get it. Don’t believe them. Don’t trust them.
    May American’s wake up before it is too late, if it is not already. Perhaps we need less time in the chat rooms and more time on the history channel. If the WWII generation had the mindset of people today, we would probably have a Hitler memorial in place of the Lincoln, and the world would have a serious shortage in the Jewish population.

  4. Ken says:

    Also of note, as soon as the Florida pastor backed off his intent to burn, the Muslim leader in New York backed out on his agreement not to build, or even to meet this man.

    The Iman never agreed to meet the pastor, or even spoke with him or his representative in the first place.

    Lesson learned. I get it. Don’t believe them. Don’t trust them.

    That’s what you apparently already believed. The facts don’t fit it here, but never mind, just make the facts fit what you want to believe. I also find your story about the Muslim couple, especially the bit about his sticking his finger in your chest, highly doubtful.

  5. A Patriot says:

    The Iman never agreed to meet the pastor, or even spoke with him or his representative in the first place.

    Are you not aware that a local Iman in Florida, attempting to defuse the situation, met with Jones, and arranged a dialogue with the Iman in NY, regarding relocating the center in N.Y. Jones, displaying good faith, agreed to back off, and attend said meeting. Not surprisingly, after the cancellation of the event, all arrangements were off. Now, who are you calling a liar, Jones, the Iman in Florida, or the Iman in N.Y. I know who my money is on.

    That’s what you apparently already believed. The facts don’t fit it here, but never mind, just make the facts fit what you want to believe.

    Here are the facts:
    July 1968
    Members of the Popular Front for the Liberation Palestine (PFLP) hijacked an El Al flight en route to Tel Aviv and forced it to land in Algiers. The attack marked the first aircraft hijacking by a Palestinian group. The hijackers were said to have believed Israeli General Ariel Sharon was on the flight. The passengers and crew were detained by Algeria for six weeks.

    Sept 1970
    The first mass hijacking occurred in 1970, when the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine seized control of two American planes and one Swiss airliner, all bound from Europe to the United States, to punish the United States for supporting Israel. The Pan Am, TWA and Swissair planes were blown up on the ground in Jordan and Egypt.

    Sept 1972
    Palestinian Black September terrorists massacred 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. An airport shootout also leaves 5 captors and 1 policeman dead

    June 1976
    An Air France airliner is hijacked by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist group and its crew are forced to fly to Entebbe airport in Uganda. Some two hundred and fifty eight passengers and crew are held hostage but all non-Israeli passengers are eventually released. On 4 July Israeli commandos fly to Uganda and rescue the remaining hostages. All the terrorists were killed in the rescue, as are three passengers and one commando.

    Oct 1976
    Seventy three people killed when Miami, Florida based El Condor Cuban exiles explode a bomb aboard a Cuban Airlines jet as it takes off from Barbados.

    Oct 1977
    Four Palestinian terrorists hijack a German Lufthansa Boeing 737 and order it to fly around a number of Middle East destinations for four days. After the plane’s pilot is killed by the terrorists, it is stormed by German GSG9 counter-terrorist troops, assisted by two British Army Special Air Service soldiers, when it puts down at Mogadishu, Somalia. All the ninety hostages are rescued and three terrorists killed.

    March 1978
    A nine strong Al Fatah Palestinian seaborne raiding party lands in Israel and hijacks a bus, killing twenty six civilians and wounding seventy. All the terrorists are killed by Israeli security forces. The Israelis retaliate by invading southern Lebanon, under code name Operation Litani

    April 1980
    Iranian Arabs seized the Iranian embassy in London, taking twenty-six people hostage. Two hostages were killed on May 5. Special forces stormed the embassy, rescuing the remaining hostages and killing five of the six terrorists. Much of the embassy was destroyed by fire.

    May 1982
    Abu Nidal terrorists critically injured the Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom in an attack in London. The shooting caused the government of Israel to launch an invasion of Lebanon in the “Peace for Galilee” operation.

    April 1983
    A car bomb exploded in front of the U.S. embassy in Beirut, killing sixty-three people, including seventeen Americans. More than one hundred others were wounded. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility, calling the bombing “part of the Islamic revolution.” Iran subsequently denied having any role in the attack.

    Oct 1983
    Terrorists bombed the U.S. Marine compound in Beirut, causing the largest loss of U.S. military personnel in a single event since the Vietnam War. The blast, which killed 241, was carried out by Muslim militias.

    Sept 1984
    Fourteen people were killed and seventy were wounded when a van loaded with four hundred pounds of explosives drove past the checkpoint in front of the U.S. embassy annex in Awkar and exploded. The driver of the van was shot and killed by British security guards. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombing in a call to the media.

    July 1985
    Abu Nidal terrorists bombed a British Airways ticket office in Madrid, killing one person and injuring twenty-seven. A TWA office also was destroyed. The bombings apparently were in retaliation against President Reagan’s threat the previous day to strike against terrorism.

    Oct 1985
    Four Palestinian gunmen hijacked the Italian cruise ship “Achille Lauro” off Alexandria, Egypt. While off the Syrian port of Tartus, the terrorists killed a wheelchair-bound American. Egypt and Italy negotiated the return of the ship and the remaining passengers. U.S. fighters intercepted an Egyptian jet carrying the hijackers and forced it down at a NATO base in Italy.

    Nov 1985
    An Egyptian jet was hijacked to Malta. Fifty-nine passengers, including one American, were killed.

    April 1986
    Four Americans were killed and nine people, including five Americans, were injured when a bomb exploded aboard TWA flight 840 as it traveled from Rome to Athens.

    April 1986
    Le Belle Disco, a nightclub in West Berlin frequented by U.S. servicemen, was bombed, killing two American soldiers and one Turkish woman. Two hundred others were wounded in the bombing. Libya was implicated in the bombing.

    Sept 1986
    Twenty-one Jewish worshipers were killed in Istanbul during an attack on a synagogue by an Abu Nidal terrorist team.

    June 1987
    A car bomb exploded outside the back gate of the U.S. Embassy in Rome and rockets were fired at the compound from across the street. One passerby was injured in the attacks.

    Dec 1988
    Pan Am Flight 103, outbound from London for New York with 259 people aboard, was destroyed by a bomb on December 21, 1988 while over Lockerbie, Scotland. All aboard the aircraft were killed as were eleven persons on the ground at Lockerbie.

    Sept 1989
    UTA Flight 772 from Chad was blown up by bomb while flying over the Sahara desert in Niger, killing all 171 passengers and crew onboard.

    Feb 1993 The first bombing of the World Trade Center, which killed six and injured 1,000. The mastermind was Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, a Pakistani militant trained in Afghanistan. Yousef was captured in 1995 in Pakistan. When he was brought to New York for trial, he bragged to FBI agents that he could have destroyed the complex if he’d had sufficient funds and equipment.

    June 1996
    The explosion of a fuel truck set off by terrorists outside the northern fence of the Khobar Towers complex near King Abdul Aziz Air Base, Saudi Arabia, killed 19 U.S. military service members and injured over 260.

    Aug 1998
    In Nairobi, Kenya a car bomb exploded behind the US Embassy, killing 291 persons and wounding about 5,000. Terrorists associated with Usama Bin Ladin’ al-Qaida organization also detonated an extremely large truck bomb outside the US Embassy in Tanzania, killing 10 Tanzanians and injured 77 persons.

    October 12, 2000
    A suicide attack against the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) on October 12, 2000 while it was harbored and refueling in the Yemeni port of Aden. 17 American sailors were killed, and 39 were injured. This event was the deadliest attack against a U.S. Naval vessel since 1987.

    Sept 2001
    America experiences its worst case of terrorism when Usama Bin Ladin trained and funded agents take over four domestic airliners. Two jets are flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, causing an estimated number of 3,000 people to lose their lives. A third plane is flown into the Pentagon, killing around 180 people. In western Pennsylvania the fourth hijacked jet crashes after passengers struggle with the terrorists.

    Oct 2002
    More than 180 people are killed in a double terrorist bombing in Bali, Indonesia. Over 300 people many of whom were foreign tourists are injured in the attack on a nightclub on the resort island. Jemaah Islamiyah, an Islamic extremist group allied with Al Qaeda, is believed to be behind the blasts.

    March 2004
    Ten terrorist bombs exploded during the morning rush hour in Madrid, Spain, killing 202 and injuring more than 1,400. Islamic militants were behind the attack.

    July 2005
    In Great Britian, four explosions rocked the London subway system and tore open a packed double-decker bus. At least 40 people were killed in the attack.

    Sept 20, 2008- A massive suicide truck bomb devastated the heavily guarded Marriott Hotel in Pakistan’s capital Saturday, killing at least 40 people and wounding at least 100. Officials feared there were dozens more dead inside the burning building. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

    Thats just the short list. History does not lie. Those are the facts. You of course can continue to make-believe as you see fit.

    I also find your story about the Muslim couple, especially the bit about his sticking his finger in your chest, highly doubtful.

    Doubt all you like. Been there, done that, got a T-shirt and a post card. I know it happened, and the witnesses who saw it, know it happened. Continue to doubt it, as you no doubt find some reason to take issue with the aforementioned historical facts. If I stand on a cliff with a hammer in my outstretched hand, and I release the hammer, I need not see it fall, to know that it has indeed fallen. People,cultures and governments, just like inanimate objects, follow established characteristics. How many more innocent, unarmed, men, women and children must die, before WE THE PEOPLE learn.

  6. Ken says:

    Are you not aware that a local Iman in Florida, attempting to defuse the situation, met with Jones, and arranged a dialogue with the Iman in NY, regarding relocating the center in N.Y. Jones, displaying good faith, agreed to back off, and attend said meeting. Not surprisingly, after the cancellation of the event, all arrangements were off. Now, who are you calling a liar, Jones, the Iman in Florida, or the Iman in N.Y. I know who my money is on.

    I’m familiar with the story and I’m not calling anyone a liar. It’s possible the local Iman misunderstood.

  7. A Patriot says:

    A good lie finds more believers than a bad truth.

  8. pat ironside says:

    Such a sad day in history.
    This song and video so true for us that believe
    There will always be haters of us and our freedoms .
    So lets never forget 9/11 the day we all became united as one

  9. Joanne Klinkhammer says:

    OMG! This gave me the CHILLS!

  10. Betty Clark says:

    I cry everytime I read it! I read it at church for a memorial service.

  11. Kari Yatsko says:

    Take just a couple minutes to read/watch this…amazing.

  12. Thank you Lord !! for being there ~~!

  13. Michael Ould says:

    They gave their all, give them 5 minutes to watch, listen and reflect. Thank you for all our service personnel and all that they do.

  14. Elis Gomez says:

    I will never forget 9/11/2001….Thank you LORD for being there!

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