Sunday, September 12, 2010

Meet Me in the Stairwell

You've probably received this in e-mails or seen it on the Internet, but I want to share it again today in commemoration of September 11th. It is called, "Meet Me in the Stairwell," and is one of the most touching and memorable tributes to those who lost their lives on that fateful day nine years ago. As far as I can ascertain through Google, it was written by Stacey Randall, a Missouri housewife and poet.

Meet Me in the Stairwell

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 OKAY. 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?

September 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.

                                                                                                              — God


Deb said...

very nice post....

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

I have seen it before, I still cry tears of joy when I read it, just knowing he is there waiting for me.
I also cry tears of sorrow for the ones who refuse to take his hand and walk the stairs with him.

bj said...

O, Janie...I've not ever seen this before. It is so beautiful and I am crying so hard, my nose is running.
Thanks so much for printing it.

No, sweet lady, I would Never give up visiting with you. You and I go back a long way, baby!! :)
And, by the way, your loading very quickly. I don't mind waiting on blogs to load...I know people have to wait on mine, as well. I just wanted to share the tips others have given me...especially for those that have LONG load times..just thought it might help.:)
Have a beautiful week.

Tonja said...

What a powerful piece! I've not read it before. What a horrible day in our history.

Thanks for playing the 'fall' game. Loved your answers!

Have a wonderful week!

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Janie, what an awesome post you have posted, I am truly blessed and touched.