September Love Song

Love songs about summer’s end have been around forever. Frank Sinatra’s “September Song.” The Happenings’ “See You in September.” Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September.”

Our elder daughter and her guy sang their own love song while planning a September wedding.

September 22, 2001.

On September 11, I was juggling homework for an unfinished degree, younger children’s activities, and wedding terrors: what if it rained on the kids’ outdoor reception?

Then I learned the World Trade Center and the Pentagon had been bombed.

Bombing? In the U.S.?

Like other dazed Americans, I viewed the carnage on TV.

Image by David Mark from Pixabay.

And wept.

We prayed for victims’ families and rescuers who died. We cried some more.

Our daughter moaned, “Everyone’s so sad. Maybe we should postpone our wedding.”

God gave me the words: “Honey, the world needs to believe life goes on. Love goes on.”

She and her groom stuck to their date.

Planes’ grounding caused endless difficulties. Would flowers and dresses arrive? Could out-of-state relatives attend? The worst: Our daughter’s job had taken her to Colorado the week before the wedding. Stranded!

Maybe rainy weather wasn’t our biggest problem?

Burglars also ravaged our bride’s apartment. A bomb scare occurred at our younger daughter’s college. Two hundred geese invaded the park where the reception would be held.

“Terrorists and goose poop,” I groaned. “What next?”

Image by Elsemargriet from Pixabay.

What happened next? A wedding. The bride found a way home. My mother attended, though we had to answer a machine-gun-carrying soldier’s questions at the airport. The ceremony took place in the church where our daughter first believed in Jesus.

At the reception, people ate, danced and laughed. Laughing felt good.

Even the geese — who feared the white tent — remained across the lake, looking picturesque as if we’d rented them.

Alan Jackson’s song, “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?” was a September song he probably never wanted to write.

He sang it, anyway.

Our children never planned to marry amid national grief.

They sang their love song, anyway. It continues 22 years later, despite many challenges.

In his song, Jackson speaks of God’s gifts: faith in Him, hope and love. But the greatest of these, according to the Scriptures, is love.

God’s love can conquer the opposite trio: arrogance, despair and hate. His love can conquer all.

Even terrorism and goose poop.

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2 thoughts on “September Love Song

    1. rachael

      Yes, Hilda,
      God continues to come through, despite all the craziness in this world. Aren’t we thankful His eye is not only on the sparrow, but on our kids and grandkids!
      Thanks for you comment. Blessings as you all soon celebrate Lauren’s wedding!
      Rachael

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