An Anniversary . . . and a Future

September 11, 2016



15 years ago this morning, at 8:45, a passenger jet from Boston crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, tearing a hole in the building and setting it on fire. 18 minutes later another passenger jet, also from Boston, crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center, setting it on fire as well. At 10:05 AM, the south tower collapsed, and 23 minutes later the north tower also collapsed. The two disasters created huge clouds of smoke, ashes, dust, and debris.[1] Nearly 3,000 people died from the day’s attacks.[2] Many of us who were alive then remember watching videos of the destruction with stunned disbelief. That kind of destruction, caused in that kind of manner, had never before happened on U.S. soil.

The text in front of us from Jeremiah is also about destruction, but a very different kind of destruction than happened to the World Trade Center towers 15 years ago. This text has no passenger jets commandeered by terrorists. It has no skyscrapers with burning holes, no billowing clouds of smoke and ash. There are no bodies of dead people.

[1] A chronology of the day is available at


Bible References

  • Jeremiah 4:23 - 28